The Doctors: What Is A Keloid Scar?
Jazmine got her eyes pierced about 10 years ago and it caused a growth called a keloid scar behind her ear that she’s gotten removed four times. Each time, it’s come back bigger. Jazmine said she really wanted it gone for good. Dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee had the answer for Jazmine. Dr. Sandra Lee said that a keloid scar is triggered by trauma, which means that excising the keloid is not the answer, because the more you try to remove it, the stronger it gets.
The Drs TV: Freezing Treatment For Keloids
Dr. Sandra Lee had a treatment for the keloid. Her plan is to freeze it from the inside out with liquid nitrogen. She pierced the keloid with a needle attached to a canister of liquid nitrogen. She said that the colder the needle gets, the colder the keloid will get, until the keloid falls off the way a toe or finger would if it got frostbite. The localized area around the keloid was numb so that Jazmine didn’t feel any of that.
The Doctors: Post-Treatment For Keloids
Normally, after a surgeon removes a keloid, they put some steroids on the scar area to prevent it from growing back. Dr. Sandra Lee said that she would put steroids in this case, but the biggest indicator of regrowth comes from the patient. She said the patient would know first if the keloid was coming back. Dr. Sandra Lee said that 90 percent of people only need one treatment of this. However, only keloids shaped like a grape or ball are optimal for the procedure.
Check out the video of the procedure below, where you can actually see the keloid start to freeze off. If you were thinking about eating an apple while watching the video like I did, I would advise you not to do so. It’s a pretty graphic video. Even Dr. Jennifer Ashton looked grossed out by this procedure and Dr. Jennifer Berman seemed absolutely perplexed by it. You also have to feel bad for Jazmine, who got the chance to appear on national television, but did so with a big frozen needle through the growth on her ear.