I guess most of you might know that I did plastic surgery 2 years ago, and of course it is obvious that I did my nose as well. In this post, I will like to highlight the importance of taking care of your wounds.
I did rhinoplasty and I've used the soft bone behind my left ear for my nose tip, resulting a scar behind my ear.
During my recovery, I went to hair salons for hair wash, and despite my repeat warnings of the sensitive scar behind my ear, some hair technicians would still rub the back of my ear or scrap the scar using the ends of their comb, that sting I experienced on the wound would last for hours. About 4-6 months after my surgery, I start to feel some itch behind my ear and I often scratch it without thinking what was going on behind my ear, I couldn't see it thus I did not pay any attention to what I was about to expect.
My sister noticed it at first and took a photo of my ear, and to my horror, this was what I saw:
There are growths of skin on my scar and its itching time to time. No sooner I realize it's keloids growing on my ear. I made an appointment at National Skin Center and visited Dr Stephanie Ho a couple of times for my skin problem (eczema and psoriasis) and keloid. So last December, I did a CO2 laser treatment to remove the keloid behind my ear.
And here's the photos of my recovery, photos are self taken using iPhone thus quality isn't very good.
Still very raw, very sensitive. It aches a lot when I touch it.
About a week later the wound starts to close up. Still feeling sensitive. Not so much of pain.
About a month after treatment.
It's been about 4 months since post treatment, I need to go back to Dr Ho every month for a mild steroid injection to suppress the keloid from growing out again for about 6 months.
This is not an advert, I paid about $400 for the laser (at National Skin Center), Dr Ho has since opened a demertology clinic and I've been receiving steroid jabs for about $20-30 each time excluding consultation. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Ho for imparting so much of keloid knowledge to me so that I can share with you guys.
Keloids don't just grow out on all scars, if u do plastic surgery, your face heals very well, keloids are more prone growing on ears, neck, chest. It can be hereditary as well.
Question: Will CO2 eliminate keloid completely?
The answer is no, you need to take extra care and your daily lifestyle might affect area and trigger it to grow back.
You can purchase Dermatix at any pharmacy to apply on your scar AFTER it had healed COMPLETELY. Whether or not it's for keloids or any scars you might incur after plastic surgery.
Each tube cost about $80.
Recently I'm feeling the itch behind my ear again after I start wearing face mask at work, I informed Dr Ho about it and she advise me to stop wearing it and continue my steroid treatment with her to monitor. So far my scar is still flat. Girls if you want to look good, please take very very good care of your scars.
If you are experiencing keloid problems, skin problems/ allergy or even interested in getting aesthetics treatment, you can look for :
(Please note that Dr Ho is no longer practicing at Nation Skin Center, she has opened a clinic since Jan 2016)
Dr Stephanie Ho
9 Scotts Road, Pacific Plaza, Scotts Medical Center #08-05, Singapore 228210
Contact: +65 6262 0880
This is not an advert, I'm just sharing my keloid treatment experience and give a shoutout to Dr Ho for taking care of my keloid :))