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Does a keloid make you feel self-conscious or embarrassed? At The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center, removing keloids is what we do. Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeonsDr. Roberto J. MendezmiDr. gabriel sallumare world-renowned experts in keloid and scar enhancement procedures who, combined, have over 40 years of experience treating keloids large and small. Along with their skilled staff, they are one of the few practices in the country that offer state-of-the-art surgical and non-surgical options for keloid removal with proven low recurrence rates.


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  1. Why does keloid scarring occur?
  2. Removal of keloids with surgery
  3. Am I a good candidate for keloid removal surgery?
  4. What to expect after surgery
  5. What our patients say
  6. frequent questions
  7. schedule an appointment today


Whykeloid scarWhat happens?

When the deep, thick layer of skin (dermis) is injured, the body reacts by forming new collagen fibers to repair the damage and close the gaps created by the injury. These new fibers, in turn, develop a new layer of tissue, resulting in a scar. Keloids occur when the body produces an overgrowth of scar tissue that extends beyond the original wound margins.

Like normal scars, keloids can develop after any surgery, trauma to the skin, including tattoos and piercings, burns, cuts, and insect bites. Keloids can sometimes appear months or even years after the skin is injured. Rarely, it is also possible for keloids to form on uninjured skin. Some people appear to be more prone to developing keloids than others, especially those with darker skin, patients under the age of 30, and people with a personal or family history of keloids.

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Keloids may have the following characteristics:

  • Slow growing, usually for three months or more. Keloids can sometimes continue to grow for years.
  • They start as raised, bright pink or purple scars that darken over time. Unlike a regular scar, which tends to look pale and flat, once keloids stop growing, they usually end up looking darker than the person's skin.
  • Larger than the original wound.
  • shiny and hairless
  • Hard and rubbery to the touch.
  • Some keloid scars are painless, but others can itch, ache, or cause a burning sensation.


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Keloids are not harmful to physical health, but they can cause a lot of emotional distress, depending on their size and location. At The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center, we offer several options for removing and improving the appearance of keloid scars, including surgical excision, which involves carefully cutting away excessively large scar tissue.

Keloid removal surgery is generally recommended when the keloid has grown well beyond the edges of the original wound. Surgical excision is relatively simple and can be performed under local anesthesia for small keloids and general anesthesia for large keloids. We perform surgeries in the fully licensed operating room at our Mt. Sinai Hospital or in ambulatory surgical centers.

One problem with this modality is the high recurrence rate (chance of recurrence). Recurrence ranges from 50% to 95%, depending on which study you read. With surgical excision, some keloid-forming cells may remain in the area, which can lead to a recurrence. Therefore, to reduce the likelihood of recurrence, we encourage patients to undergo additional post-surgical treatments that can effectively target and eliminate keloid-forming cells in the treated area. These treatments may include:

  • Radioterapia superficial (SRT)– performed 24 to 48 hours after keloid removal surgery to decrease the chances of a new keloid forming
  • compression therapy
  • corticosteroid injections
  • cryotherapy
  • silicone gel pillows


I am a good candidatefor keloid removal surgery?

If you have a large keloid scar that has grown beyond the edges of the original wound site and is causing you distress or discomfort, you may be a good candidate for keloid removal surgery at The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center. During your initial consultation, Dr. Mendez or Dr. Salloum will evaluate the keloid scar and discuss treatment options based on the extent of the scar and the condition of the surrounding skin. Keloid removal surgery is generallySetwith other therapeutic modalities to minimize further scarring and keloid recurrence.

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after surgery

what to expectafter surgery

Immediately after keloid removal surgery, your doctor will carefully suture the area and cover it with sterile bandages to keep the area clean and protected.

Doctor Mendez and Dr. Salloum use absorbable stitches most of the time, so there is no need to remove them. Follow your care team's instructions to minimize complications. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at 1 (833) 453-5643.

Results will be visible immediately after surgery, but it may take some time for the area to fully heal. Mendez and Dr. Salloum of the Center for Keloid Plastic Surgery take great care to prevent additional keloids from forming at the surgical site, including performing additional postoperative procedures such as radiation therapy and steroid injections.

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frequent questions

frequent questionsQuestions

How much does keloid removal surgery cost?

The cost of your keloid removal surgery in Miami will be determined by several factors, such as the size of the keloid and the techniques used. During your initial consultation at The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center, our staff can advise you on the expected cost of your keloid removal surgery and the payment options available to you.

Does insurance cover keloid removal surgery?

If the reason for removing the keloid is considered medically necessary, insurance may cover part of it. Please contact your health insurance provider directly or call 1 (833) 453-5643 if you have questions about the payment options available to you.

Is keloid removal surgery permanent?

Keloid removal surgery alone has a high recurrence rate, especially among people prone to developing keloids. To minimize this risk, it is always advisable to combine excision surgery with other non-surgical therapies as recommended by your doctor.

Is keloid removal surgery safe?

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Keloid removal surgery is very safe when performed by an experienced and qualified surgeon. Like all surgical procedures, there may be some risks involved, such as:
• Dor
• Bleeding
• Infection
• Scarring or formation of new keloids

Who is qualified to perform keloid scar removal surgery?

Keloid removal surgery, especially complex keloids or keloids in the face, ear, and neck areas, should ideally be performed by an experienced dermatologist or a plastic and reconstructive surgeon like the doctors at the Keloid Plastic Surgery Center. In inexperienced hands, keloid removal can lead to keloid growth, sometimes even larger than before.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons are the only surgical specialists with formal residency training who will care for the largest, most complex keloids and unsightly scars from head to toe.

Can keloids grow back after removal surgery?

Yes, keloids can grow back even after successful removal. This is because surgical excision of a keloid creates a new wound, which can stimulate collagen synthesis which can trigger the formation of a new keloid. Up to 95% of keloids can regrow after surgical removal, but when surgery is combined with other approaches, such as superficial radiation therapy, the recurrence rate is significantly reduced to 10% or less.

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Why choose the plastic surgeon Dr. Méndez?

Why choose the plastic surgeon Dr. Salum?


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At the state-of-the-art facility, The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center, our team is dedicated to providing our patients with the expert medical care they need to properly remove their keloids.Contactour office today to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. They provide excellent results from your keloid removal surgery and tell you about additional treatment options we offer to help prevent recurrence.

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Can a plastic surgeon fix a keloid scar? ›

However, when combined with post-operative radiation therapy, surgical treatment of keloid scars can be very effective. Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Elliot Hirsch believes in an individualized approach to treating keloid scars and will work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your individual needs.

How do plastic surgeons remove keloids? ›

Steroid application and injection

Steroids are used to flatten and reduce the activity of hypertrophic and keloid scars. Steroids can be injected into the scar tissue in clinic, can be used at the time of surgery, or can be used topically with laser modalities.

How much does it cost to cut off a keloid? ›

The cost of keloid removal ranges from $75 to upward of $2,000 depending on the type and duration of treatment. Keloid removal is considered a cosmetic procedure, therefore is not usually covered by health insurance. As a rule of thumb, larger, more severe keloids will cost more to remove.

Which surgery is best for keloid? ›

Cryosurgery works best on small keloids. Because using a combination of treatments often works best for treating keloids, cryotherapy may be used after keloid surgery. Cryosurgery is usually performed about two weeks after you have your stitches removed.

Can I get plastic surgery even tho I keloid? ›

People who say they are prone to keloids are right to be cautious when it comes to cosmetic surgery. However, having keloids doesn't automatically mean you have to rule it out. There are surgical techniques and methods of scar care that can go a long way toward minimizing scars.

Should I surgically remove my keloid? ›

In some instances, a surgeon may recommend removing a large hypertrophic scar or keloid. Keloids that far exceed the margins of the original wound, for example, require removal to allow surgeons to reconstruct the surrounding skin and tissue and restore as much of the underlying structure as possible.

Do keloids grow back bigger after surgical removal? ›

Even after successful flattening or removal, keloids can grow back, sometimes bigger than before. Or you may develop new ones.

How long does keloid removal surgery take? ›

The procedure takes about 15 minutes, and often no anesthesia is required.

How long does keloid surgery last? ›

Surgery Details

Keloid removal is generally a straightforward 1 hour procedure that is performed under local anesthesia in our office. After numbing the entire area, our doctors will excise the abnormal scar, free up the skin on each side, and sew the sides together.

What is inside a keloid? ›

It is a result of an overgrowth of granulation tissue (collagen type 3) at the site of a healed skin injury which is then slowly replaced by collagen type 1. Keloids are firm, rubbery lesions or shiny, fibrous nodules, and can vary from pink to the color of the person's skin or red to dark brown in color.

What happens if you cut off a keloid? ›

1 – Simply Removing Keloids May Lead to Larger Keloids

Because keloids are actually a type of hyper-replicating scar tissue, surgical removal needs to be performed very precisely in order to avoid creating a bigger problem.

What happens if keloid is left untreated? ›

Keloids tend to shrink and become flatter over time, even without treatment. Initially, your doctor will probably recommend less-invasive treatments, such as silicone pads, pressure dressings, or injections, especially if the keloid scar is a fairly new one.

How painful is keloid surgery? ›

Is keloid scar removal painful? No, keloid scar removal is usually performed after an anesthetic has been injected to make the area numb. The surgical site may be a little tender for a day or two after the procedure, but this is usually easily controlled with over-the-counter medications.

Why are keloids rarely managed surgically? ›

A variety of management options are available for keloids. Surgical excision of keloids is rarely performed. It has poor results, with recurrence rates between 40-100%. Surgical excision is thought to stimulate collagen synthesis – which results in the regrowth of a larger keloid.

What is the success rate of keloid treatment? ›

Keloids can be treated, so it is not a condition you have to continue living with. The treatment involves superficial radiation and is incredibly effective in removing keloid scars. Keloid removal with the SRT-100TM has a success rate that is over 90%.

Can scar removal be covered by insurance? ›

Most health insurance plans will not cover scar revision surgery, related complications or another surgery to revise the appearance of your scar.

Will keloid scars ever flatten? ›

Conclusion: Keloids never completely disappear to leave skin with normal texture, however they can resolve (flatten and soften) so they no longer burden patients in approximately one third of cases. Scars resolving spontaneously do so early in the disease. Those that don't may resolve after many years of treatment.

Can a plastic surgeon fix a scar? ›

Scar revision is plastic surgery performed to improve the condition or appearance of a scar anywhere on your body. The different types of scars include: Discoloration or surface irregularities and other more subtle scars can be cosmetically improved by surgery or other treatments recommended by your plastic surgeon.

Can keloids be shaved off? ›

Conclusion: These preliminary results are highly encouraging since all patients showed improvement. Shaving associated with cryosurgery appears to us to be a useful treatment for large keloids scars, particularly after otoplastic surgery.

What do keloids look like after surgery? ›

Shiny, hairless, lumpy, raised skin. Varied size, depending on the size of the original injury and when the keloid stops growing. Varied texture, from soft to firm and rubbery. Reddish, brown or purplish, depending on your skin color.

What percentage of keloid scars recur after surgical excision? ›

For keloid scars treated with surgery alone, the rate of recurrence ranged from 50% to 80% while adding radiation therapy following surgery using a BED value >30 Gy reduced the recurrence rate to <10%. The best outcomes were achieved with a BED value of 30 Gy administered within 2 days of surgery [21].

Can old keloid scars be removed? ›

Other options include: freezing early keloid scars with liquid nitrogen to stop them growing. laser treatment to reduce redness (but this will not make the scar any smaller) surgery, sometimes followed by radiotherapy, to remove the scar (although it can grow back and may be larger than before)

How much does scar tissue removal surgery cost? ›

You can, however, expect to pay around $500 for a smaller and less noticeable scar. If you need a skin graft for a bigger and more complex scar, you may pay as much as $4,000. This hefty price tag typically includes a skin graft.

What disease causes keloids? ›

Keloids and hypertrophic scars are caused by cutaneous injury and irritation, including trauma, insect bite, burn, surgery, vaccination, skin piercing, acne, folliculitis, chicken pox, and herpes zoster infection.

What does an actual keloid look like? ›

When a keloid first appears, it's often red, pink, or slightly darker than your natural skin tone. As it grows, it may darken. Some become lighter in the center and darker at the edges.

Can a keloid turn into a tumor? ›

No, keloids do not turn into cancer.

How do you permanently get rid of keloids? ›

Treatments include the following:
  1. Corticosteroid shots. The medicine in these shots helps shrink the scar.
  2. Freezing the scar. Called cryotherapy, this can be used to reduce the hardness and size of the keloid. ...
  3. Wearing silicone sheets or gel over the scar. ...
  4. Laser therapy. ...
  5. Surgical removal. ...
  6. Pressure treatment.
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Why do keloids grow back after removal? ›

Excision of a keloid may stimulate additional collagen synthesis, prompting quick recurrence as a possible larger keloid than the initial one. For this reason, intramarginal surgical (core) excision of keloid tissue has been recommended to prevent stimulation of additional collagen synthesis.

What is the modern treatment for keloids? ›

The most common treatment for keloids is injecting corticosteroids directly into the scar. The tissue doesn't absorb the drug well enough through the skin to be effective. Hence, injections are more effective than topical applications.

Can you stop keloids after removal? ›

After the wound heals, apply silicone gel sheets or silicone gel. You can buy both of these products without a prescription. They can help prevent a keloid. To get the best results, you apply a new sheet or gel to the area every day.

How serious is a keloid? ›

Keloids can be painful or itchy but aren't usually dangerous to a person's health. However, depending on where they are located, they can be a cosmetic concern. Fortunately, there are many treatment options to help remove keloids.

Who is more prone to keloids? ›

People with darker skin, such as black, Hispanic, and Asian people, are 15 to 20 times more likely to get keloids. But, some people with lighter skin also get them. Keloids are more common in people younger than 30 years, in pregnant women, and in teenagers going through puberty.

Does insurance cover keloid removal? ›

Typically, if the reason for your keloid removal is simply for cosmetic reasons, your insurance won't cover treatments. On the other hand, if it's medically necessary, they may cover all or portions of the treatment.

How do you get rid of keloid scars permanently? ›

Treatments include the following:
  1. Corticosteroid shots. The medicine in these shots helps shrink the scar.
  2. Freezing the scar. Called cryotherapy, this can be used to reduce the hardness and size of the keloid. ...
  3. Wearing silicone sheets or gel over the scar. ...
  4. Laser therapy. ...
  5. Surgical removal. ...
  6. Pressure treatment.
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How long does keloid removal surgery take to heal? ›

Swelling and bruising will begin to subside 2 or 3 weeks after surgery. Contour finalizes in several weeks to several months. Avoid smoking at all during the first 10 days after surgery.

Do keloids grow back after surgery? ›

The remnants of keloids from prior surgery may regrow over time.

What is the new treatment for keloids? ›

Larger keloids can be flattened by pulsed-dye laser sessions. This method has also been useful in easing itchiness and causing keloids to fade. Pulsed-dye laser therapy is delivered over several sessions with 4 to 8 weeks between sessions. Your doctor might recommend combining laser therapy with cortisone injections.

How do you flatten keloid scars naturally? ›

Keloids are raised buildups of scar tissue on the skin.
Home remedies
  1. Crush three to four aspirin tablets.
  2. Mix them with enough water to form a paste.
  3. Apply them to the keloid or wound site. Let it sit for an hour or two, then rinse.
  4. Repeat once every day until desired results are achieved.

Why are keloids hard to get rid of? ›

Once you have them, keloids are notoriously difficult to eliminate and have a very high chance of re-growing once they are surgically cut out. This is because the body is likely to respond in the same exaggerated way to this surgery as it did to the initial injury.

Can a keloid be removed with laser? ›

The Vbeam Perfecta Laser is a pulsed dye laser that targets the vascular component of keloids and other thick scars leading to shrinkage of scars, improvement in tone and texture, as well as flattening and dramatic improvement in redness.

Does laser keloid removal hurt? ›

While laser skin treatments do work incredibly quickly, they can be slightly irritating during the treatment itself. The pain is minimal and has been compared by patients to 'a rubber band snapping against your skin. ' After a few minutes, your skin becomes used to the pain and you don't feel it anymore.


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