Keloid Scar Removal Surgery

Is a keloid making you feel self-conscious or ashamed? At The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center, removing keloids is what we do. Board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive surgeons Dr. Roberto J. Mendez and Dr. Gabriel Salloum are world-renowned experts in keloid and scar improvement procedures who combined have over 40 years of experience treating keloids big and small. Together with their skilled team, they are one of the few practices in the country offering cutting-edge surgical and non-surgical keloid removal options with proven low recurrence rates. 

Why Does Keloid Scarring Occur?

On rare occasions, it is also possible for keloids to form on uninjured skin.
On rare occasions, it is also possible for keloids to form on uninjured skin.

When the deep, thick layer of the skin (dermis) becomes wounded, the body reacts by forming new collagen fibers to repair the damage and close the gaps created by the injury. These new fibers, in turn, develop a new layer of tissue, resulting in a scar. Keloids happen when the body produces an overgrowth of scar tissue that goes beyond the original margins of the wound. 

Like regular scars, keloids can develop after any surgery, trauma to the skin – including tattoos and piercings, burns, cuts, and insect bites. Sometimes keloids can show up months or even years after the skin is wounded. On rare occasions, it is also possible for keloids to form on uninjured skin. Some people seem to be more prone to developing keloids than others, especially those with darker skin, patients younger than 30, and people with a personal or family history of keloids. 

Keloids can have the following characteristics:

  • Slow-growing, typically over the course of three months or longer. At times, keloids can continue growing for years
  • Begin as raised, bright pink or purple scars that become darker in color with time. Unlike a regular scar, which tends to look pale and flat, once keloids stop growing, they typically end up looking darker than the person’s skin
  • Larger in size than the original wound
  • Shiny and hairless
  • Hard and rubbery to the touch
  • Some keloid scars are painless, but others can be itchy, tender, or cause a burning sensation

Keloid Removal with Surgery

Keloids aren’t harmful to your physical health, but they can cause quite a lot of emotional distress depending on their size and location. At The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center, we offer several options for eliminating and improving the appearance of keloid scars, including surgical excision, which involves carefully cutting out the overgrown scar tissue. 

Keloid removal surgery is typically recommended when the keloid has grown far beyond the borders of the original wound. Surgical excision is relatively simple and can be performed using a local anesthetic for a small keloid, and general anesthesia for a large one. We perform surgeries in our office’s fully accredited operating room, at Mt. Sinai Hospital, or in outpatient surgery centers. 

Surgical excision is relatively simple and can be performed using a local anesthetic for a small keloid.
Surgical excision is relatively simple and can be performed using a local anesthetic for a small keloid.

One problem with this modality is its high recurrence rate (chance of it coming back). The recurrence varies from about 50% to 95%, depending on the study that you read. With surgical excision, some keloid-forming cells may remain in the area, which can lead to recurrence. So, in order to reduce the chance of recurrence, we encourage patients to undergo additional post-surgical treatments that can effectively target and eliminate keloid-forming cells in the treated area. These treatments can include:

Am I A Good Candidate for Keloid Removal Surgery?

If you have a large keloid scar that grew beyond the edges of the original wound site and that’s causing you distress or discomfort, you may be a good candidate for keloid removal surgery at The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center. During your initial consultation, Dr. Mendez or Dr. Salloum will evaluate the keloid scar and discuss treatment options based on the extent of the scarring and the condition of the surrounding skin. Keloid removal surgery is usually combined with other therapeutic modalities to minimize further scarring and keloid recurrence. 

What to Expect After Surgery

Immediately after keloid removal surgery, your doctor will carefully suture the area and cover it with sterile bandages to keep the site clean and protected. Dr. Mendez and Dr. Salloum use absorbable Stitches most of the time, so that there is no need to remove them. Please follow your care team’s instructions to minimize complications. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call the office at 1 (833) 453-5643.

Results will be noticeable immediately after surgery, but it may take some time for the area to heal completely. Dr. Mendez and Dr. Salloum of The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center take great care to prevent additional keloids from forming at the surgery site, including performing additional postoperative procedures, such as radiation therapy and steroid injections. 


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Before & After

Keloid Removal Before & After

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At the state-of-the-art facility, The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center, our team is dedicated to providing our patients with the expert medical care they need to properly eliminate their keloids. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. They provide you with outstanding results from your keloid removal surgery and let you know about the additional treatment options we offer to help prevent a recurrence.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is keloid removal surgery?

The cost of your keloid removal surgery in Miami will be determined by several factors, such as the size of the keloid and the techniques used. During your initial consultation at The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center, our team can let you know what the expected cost of your keloid removal surgery will be and let you know about the payment options available to you.

Does insurance cover keloid removal surgery?

If the reason for your keloid removal is considered medically necessary, part of it may be covered by insurance. Please contact your health insurance provider directly or call us at 1 (833) 453-5643 if you have questions about the payment options available to you.

Is keloid removal surgery permanent?

Keloid removal surgery alone has a high recurrence rate, especially among individuals prone to developing keloids. To minimize this risk, it is always advisable to pair excision surgery with other non-surgical therapies as recommended by your provider. 

Is keloid removal surgery safe?

Keloid removal surgery is very safe when performed by an experienced and qualified surgeon. Like all surgical procedures, there might be some risks involved, such as:
• Pain
• Bleeding
• Infection
• Scarring or new keloid formation

Who is qualified to perform keloid scar removal surgery?

Keloid removal surgery, especially of complex keloids or keloids of the face, ears, and neck areas, should ideally be performed by an experienced dermatologist or a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, like the doctors at The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center.  In inexperienced hands, keloid removal can result in the keloid growing back, sometimes even larger than before. 

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons are the only surgery specialists with formal training in residency that will take care of the large and most complex keloids and ugly scars from head to toe.

Can keloids grow back after removal surgery?

Yes, keloids can grow back even after being successfully removed. This happens because surgical excision of a keloid creates a new wound, which may stimulate collagen synthesis that could trigger a new keloid formation. Up to 95% of keloids may grow back after being surgically removed, but when surgery is paired with other approaches, such as superficial radiation therapy, the recurrence rate drops significantly to 10% or lower. 

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We Love Out Of Town Patients!

Our doctors have treated patients with keloids, not only from the U.S. mainland but from all over the world.

There are many hotels and restaurants around Mt. Sinai Medical Center that you may consider to make your stay while getting treated.  Internationally known and respected, Dr. Mendez and Dr. Salloum are experts in keloids.  Their professionalism and passion to meet your needs are second to none.

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