Ask a doctor

Removal for Belly Button Keloid Scar?

I had my belly button pierced, but it was rejected. I have been left with a small scar, which I have been told is a keloid. Is there anything I could do to reduce the scar?

Doctor Answers 4

Options for Belly Button Scar/Keloid

Although keloid scars always represent a challenge because of their tendency to return or resist treatments, early intervention will always work in your favor.  At Celibre, we choose a treatment plan based upon the size and color of the scar.  Oftentimes, we combine the pulsed dye laser with steroid injections - alternating each with each visit.  Visit the below link for more detailed information on treatment options.

Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Belly button keloids

Belly button keloids are common and difficult to manage.  I have a protocol that I use that incorporates pressure, TAC injections, and possible surgery. 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 70 reviews

Keloid scar treatment

Quick Answer: Keloided scars can be treated but they may return.

Thank you for your question.

In our San Francisco area practice we are familiar with treating keloided scars.

The most effective way to reduce a keloid is to have it surgically removed. Doing so will guarantee the scar is gone but does not guarantee another large scar or keloid will not form in the same place. Steroid injections directly into the keloid are another option and can also be done at the time of removal or as an individual treatment.

I hope this helps.

Keloids can be treated with laser and cortisone

Belly buttons often form thicker scars especially after piercing. A combination of lasers (pulsed dye like the VBeam, fractional like Fraxel or Active FX) plus injection of cortisone into the scar can greatly help. Topical anesthetic minimizes discomfort. 

Margaret Weiss, MD
Baltimore Dermatologic Surgeon
3.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.