Does Removing a Keloid with a Rubber Band Really Work?


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Does Removing a Keloid with a Rubber Band Really Work?

Putting a rubber band on the stalk of a hanging ear keloid will choke its blood supply anf eventually it will dry and fall off. There is no guarantee that the scar will stay the same. It is an economic way to remove the hanging scar tissue without surgery.

Dr. Peter A Aldea

Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Scar Removal

No, but using compressing ear rings may help, at least temporarily.  Ultimately, a surgical option needs to be explored with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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"Cheap" approach for the treatment of a keloid is not recommended

Removing a keloid with a rubber band may theoretically "work" in certain situations by cutting off some of the blood supply, resulting in a size reduction temporarily. The risks for problems including infection and regrowth to a far greater size than you have now are quite real and substantial, however.

You would best be served with surgical treatment along with steroid injection and close follow-up and possible reinjections to help minimize the risk of subsequent regrowth.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Keloid Removal

To optimize the results of the scar, it would be best if you have it surgically removed followed by an injected medication to minimize its recurrrence.

Kimberly Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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