Removal of Purplish Earlobe Scars

I am 21 year old male who messed with earrings a year ago and as a result of improper care of them I am left with one year old purplish earlobe scars...Is there any topical creams or treatments that would drastically reduce the appearance or color of them? Are there any procedures recommended if the topical treatments don't leave me satisfied?

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Purple ear lobe scars

Scars sometimes take a long time to heal and the color to improve. Usually by a year it looks better, but sometimes it takes longer.


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Reddened earlobes respond to Pulsed Light

This redness will most likely resolve within 2 years. You can apply a topical 1% Hydrocortisone cream twice a day, (it's "over the counter"), and that may help. Intense Pulsed Light ,*( IPL), can also fade these quickly.

Debra Irizarry, MD
Crestone Plastic Surgeon
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Purplish ear scar

You may want to consider a KTP laser treatment or an IPL treatment to diminish the vascularity of the scar. YOu can attempt excision with the potential risks for a larger and more prominent scar

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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