Do you have an ear keloid that you’ve been wanting to get rid of — but are hesitant to go under the knife?
Surgery may sound scary but it doesn’t necessarily have to be…
In fact, ear keloid excision is a very straightforward and pain-free procedure that requires only up to one hour of your time. At Canova Medical in Wilmslow, Cheshire, we perform this surgery under extremely safe conditions to effectively get rid of keloids and help restore confidence in your appearance. A one-on-one consultation with one of our medical experts will be just what you need to receive the best treatment and care for your surgery.
Why choose Canova Medical as your clinic for your surgery?
- Enjoy VIP discretion: You’ll never see another patient at Canova Medical, so your keloid excision will be performed in utter confidence.
- Highly experienced team: Not only is the quality of the products important but so is the experience of the Surgeon who will be performing your procedure. The Canova Medical team is skilled, qualified, and experienced – you can meet the team here.
- Results that you’ll love: Whether you want dramatic results or subtle results… the choice is yours. You can see what our patients say about us here.
- Pre-treatment Consultation: In order for our Surgeon to give you the results you need, he will take the time to know you and your preferences. This takes place at a one-hour treatment consultation; the entire appointment will be with the Surgeon who will be performing your surgery.
Your keloid removal questions answered…
Here’s some information to help you decide if keloid excision is right for you, though this will be covered in far more detail at your Consultation.
If you have any other questions, please do contact us. Our friendly team is here to help guide you!
Don’t let the idea of surgery scare you away. Restore confidence in your appearance today with ear keloid excision in Cheshire.
What exactly is an ear keloid?
Typically appearing after some form of physical injury, an ear keloid is a type of raised scar tissue that often expands far beyond the original injured site. Ear keloids may be round, oval, or irregularly shaped in appearance and may form behind your ears, earlobes, or just about anywhere in the region; however, many patients report getting them after an ear piercing. Although just about anyone can get ear keloids, you may be more prone to them if you have a family history of keloids.
What is ear keloid excision?
Ear keloid excision is a pain-free surgical procedure that involves using a scalpel to remove the keloid. Depending on the size of the scar tissue, the entire procedure may take up to an hour to complete and will require stitches afterwards with the final contour taking weeks or months to form. If the keloid is particularly large or questionable in appearance, your Surgeon may advise you to see a dermatologist to get it checked further.
Who is a good candidate for the surgery?
You can be considered a good candidate for the surgery so long as you are physically in good health and have keloid scars that are very visible or seem to persistently increase in size. Your candidacy will be determined at your consultation however, suspicious-looking keloids will need to be assessed by a dermatologist prior to carrying out any form of cosmetic treatment.
What else can I expect at the Consultation?
As well as understanding the extent of your cosmetic concerns, your Surgeon will assess your overall physical health. Any medical conditions will be discussed and evaluated, to ensure that you are a good candidate for keloid excision. The Surgeon will also pay particular attention to any skin conditions you may have. Depending on your medical history, your Surgeon may suggest other alternatives for keloid removal.
Are the results permanent?
As keloid scars tend to be notoriously difficult to get rid of, there may be a reoccurrence after the surgery. As such, there are cases where the results might not be permanent and may require further treatment should the keloid return once again. Depending on your particular situation and to help decrease the chances of reoccurrence, you may be required to take some corticosteroid injections in the weeks leading up to the surgery. Alternatively, you may be asked to wear either a pressure earring or garment after the surgery to help prevent the keloid from returning.
Who performs the surgery?
Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon, Dr Apostolos Vlachogiorgos MD MSc, will perform your keloid removal procedure in our clinic.
He has a special interest in Aesthetic Surgery and has worked for many years at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, where he has gained massive experience in Complex Skin Cancer Surgery. Over the last few years, he has also performed a great number of minor cosmetic surgeries, including mole removal, cysts, lipomas and keloids.
Dr Vlachogiorgos has a rich academic background, with a series of publications and active participation in International Plastic Surgery conferences, while he remains a Lecturer at the Queen Mary University of London. He is known amongst his patients for his holistic and detailed consultations, his perfectionism, and his precision.
Is there anything I need to do before the surgery?
You will be fully informed about what you need to do before the surgery; however, minimal preparation is usually needed prior to keloid excision. In general, you may be asked to temporarily stop taking certain food supplements and medications, and avoid the consumption of specific foods before your treatment session.
How much does ear keloid excision cost?
The prices start from:
£345 for steroid injection for keloid
£745 for ear keloid excision
The consultation costs only £90 and lasts 30 minutes.
During your initial assessment we will discuss your options and provide an exact cost for your procedure. And if you are interested in spreading the cost monthly, we can help you with that too. Our GoCardless options are perfect: no interests, no hidden costs. Simple!
What happens during the surgery?
During surgery, a local anaesthetic will be injected into the treatment area(s) to ensure you feel no pain throughout the procedure. The keloid will then undergo careful removal using a scalpel after which sutures will be used to close up the excision site. As there is a chance of keloid reoccurrence after the treatment, your Surgeon will perform special surgical techniques to ensure that this is less likely to happen. You may experience minimal discomfort, swelling, or bruising soon after the procedure is complete; however, this will gradually subside over the next couple of weeks.
What happens after the surgery?
Patients are usually advised to take ample rest for the first few days post-surgery. However, taking short walks is highly recommended the day after surgery has taken place so long as you are with someone to keep you company. If you happen to notice the keloid returning a couple of weeks later, you will need to schedule follow-up sessions with your Surgeon to see what can be done.
What does the aftercare look like?
While you will be given all the aftercare instructions you need after the surgery, you will typically be advised to:
- Apply cold compresses to the surgical site in 20-minute intervals for the first three days
- Relieve discomfort by taking pain-relieving medications as prescribed
- Avoid engaging in high-intensity physical activity such as tennis for at least six weeks post-surgery
- Avoid consuming alcohol and heavy meals immediately after your surgery is complete
- Avoid smoking for at least a week up to 10 days post-surgery as the chemicals in smoke may negatively impact the healing process
- Avoid driving and flying for up to 48 hours after surgery
- Ensure the dressings are kept on at all times unless otherwise instructed and keep them clean and away from water as much as possible
- Consult your Surgeon should any pain or redness persist for longer than expected
Can keloids go away on their own without surgery?
Although keloids grow relatively slowly and may take several months or years before they become noticeable and finally stop growing, they will not go away on their own. As such, treatments such as surgery are necessary to help get rid of them.
Are there non-surgical alternatives to keloid removal?
Yes, there are. However, whether or not these non-surgical alternatives will work for you will depend on many factors such as the size and nature of the scar tissue. If the keloid is quite large, surgery may be the most viable option. Nonetheless, some non-surgical procedures for keloid removal include:
- Cryotherapy, during which the keloid will be exposed to extremely cold temperatures to destroy it
- Ligature, wherein a surgical thread will be tied tightly around the keloid for a couple of weeks until it falls off
- Laser treatment, during which the keloid will be exposed to lasers to improve its appearance before eventually getting removed
What if I have any other questions?
Please contact the friendly team at Canova Medical – we’d be delighted to help you and answer any questions you may have.
What’s the next step?
The next step is to arrange a Consultation. This will be with the Surgeon who’ll be performing your surgery. He will take the time to get to know you and your desired outcomes; obtain your medical history; and make recommendations based on your specific needs.
Would you like to be another one of our happy customers? Then take the next step and arrange a consultation to see what we can do for you.