Aspiring model has HUGE keloid lumps sliced off her ears
This is the horrifying moment when a young model has large keloid growths removed from her earlobes – a procedure she says has changed her life.
Sammy, an aspiring model and actor, started growing the keloid nodules after getting her ears pierced three years ago, refusing work while trying to cover them up so no one could see them.
A video from tonight’s episode of The Bad Skin Clinic shows Sammy cutting open her ears and removing the keloids.
The procedure was performed by dermatological surgeon Dr Emma Craythorne at her clinic in central London, who examined the growths and recommended their removal.
Sammy, a model and actor (pictured here before the removal surgery) started growing the large keloids three years ago after her ears were pierced
Sammy imagined her after surgery, Sammy says before the lumps were removed, people bully her and were cruel about the growths
Pictured here on the operating table, immediately after surgery, Sammy seems delighted with the results of the procedure
About the growths that prevented her from applying for a job, Sammy said, “My skin condition first appeared when I was in my early twenties. I just thought to myself, “What the hell is this?”.
“I had people commenting all the time. I had someone say I look like someone from Star Trek. How can you be so mean to someone you don’t know?’
She continued: ‘In my past I’ve done some acting and modeling work. It was something I had some success at, but my ears didn’t really make me feel comfortable enough to apply.
“If I didn’t have to hide my ears, I’d be the happiest girl on earth. I just want to get them out. I feel like I have to hide them all the time. I feel very ugly.’
Prior to surgery, Sammy (pictured, right) met with Dr. Emma Craythorne (pictured, left) examined the growths and advised them to be removed
Sammy (seen before and after surgery) says surgery ‘transformed’ [her] to live’
After surgery: Dr. Emma has removed these two keloids from Sammy’s ears. The larger bump on the right was at the back of her lobe and the smaller (left) was in the front
During the clip you will see Dr. Emma performing the surgery on Sammy, who was awake during the procedure.
What are Keloid Scars?
A keloid scar is an enlarged, raised scar that may be pink, red, skin-colored, or darker than the surrounding skin.
They can develop after a very minor skin injury, such as an acne blemish or a piercing, and spread beyond the original area of skin damage.
Anyone can get a keloid scar, but they are more common in dark-skinned people, such as people from Africa and African-Caribbean and South Indian communities.
Keloid scars are more common on the chest, shoulders, head (especially the earlobes after a piercing), and neck, but they can appear anywhere.
Experts don’t fully understand what causes keloid scars, but they occur when there is an overproduction of collagen (the protein of the skin).
They are not contagious or carcinogenic.
If you’ve had a keloid scar before, you’re more likely to get another one.
Keloid scars can affect anyone, but they are more common in dark-skinned people and are thought to run in families.
After cutting a jagged line with the knife at the junction between the back of her earlobe and the keloid, Dr. Emma peeled off the skin to create small triangular flaps.
The doctor then cut out the large keloid at the back of Sammy’s ear, cut off the smaller one at the front of the earlobe, and stitched everything back together.
After the lumps were removed, while she was still on the table, Sammy looked in the mirror and said, “I’ve got my ear back!”
She then looked at the lump that had been removed from her ear and said, ‘Oh my gosh, that was on my ear? It feels so big.’
About keloid growths and explaining why some people get them, said Dr. Emma: ‘We have these cells called fibroblasts and for someone who has a tendency to make keloids, when your skin is trying to make a scar, these fibroblasts make a little bit of collagen, and they make the scar tissue.
“But they forget to stop and they keep going, more and more. And it essentially turns into these bigger balls. They can get quite itchy and painful because it’s a bit inflamed too.”
Speaking of the surgery 10 weeks later, Sammy, who has returned to modelling, told the program: ‘Dr Emma exceeded my expectations and she definitely changed my life. My ears are back to normal!
“My keloids don’t hold me back anymore.
“I am really looking forward to starting my modeling career again. I’m getting some new headshots for my acting.
“Now nothing stands in the way of getting where I want to be.
‘I am very grateful to Dr Emma. I’m ready to start my life.’
Episode 3 of The Bad Skin Clinic’s new series airs tonight at 10pm on Quest Red, or stream on Discovery+