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Can I Get my Ear Repierced After a Keloid?

I have a tiny, tiny keloid on my earlobe (about the size of a flax seed) and have gotten the steroid shots. I had it compressed and it is now completely flat. Can I get that ear re pierced? I now wear only one earring and find clip ons to be very uncomfortable. Thanks for your help! 

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Keloids and Earpiercing

I understand your predicament , however, It is certainly possible to re-keloid if you choose to re-pierce the same spot.  You can try to have steroids injected again immediately after another piercing (and for a period of time thereafter) but it can be unpredictable and you have to be prepared for the consequences.

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Keloids are unpredictable

you are one of the lucky ones that has developed only a small keloid. it has also responded to the treatment. piercing the ear again can cause the keloid to come back and it may come back even larger than before.

wearing clip on earrings beats having a keloid on the ear. over the many years i have treated thousands of these keloids. some of them are huge and many of them are hard to remove. some are removed and come back years later.

consider yourself lucky and leave well enough alone!


Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Repeat keloid scar after re-piercing ears

Its certainly a possibility.  And no one can really predict what your chances are of having one but since you already did, its likely you could again.  Consider steroid injections at the time of your piercing and be prepared to have any unacceptable scar revised should it develop.  Good luck!

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
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Earlobe Piercing After Keloid Treatment

Earlobe piercing after keloid treatment has a high risk of keloid recurrence.  You are fortunate that your keloid responded to steroid injection alone.  Take care!


Sarah A. Mess, MD
Columbia Plastic Surgeon
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Keloids can be unpredictable

Yes, you can get your ear repierced.  Will you get another keloid?  Hard to say, but you clearly are at increased risk.  On a hopeful note, your other ear healed fine and the repiercing might heal fine too.  I guess if you are willing to take a risk and possibly treat another keloid, repiercing is an option.  It sounds like your keloid was small and responded to treatment, so taking a calculated risk is not unreasonable.  Good luck.

David Magilke, MD
Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Keloid - After ear piercing

As a rule - should not re-pierce the ear (after developing keloid from piercing). 

Subramaniam Arumugam, MD
Sydney Plastic Surgeon

Can I Get my Ear Repierced After a Keloid?

You can have your ear re-pierced. That doesn't mean that you should. The main risk is that the keloid could recur and could be more severe this time. It sounds like you required fairly intense intervention and if you want to avoid going through that again it might be worthwhile to avoid repiercing your ear. I hope this information is helpful.

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Stephen Weber, MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
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