Who is Jenny in 'Save My Skin'? Journalist travels 6,000 miles to get heart-shaped keloid removed by Dr Emma

'Her fibroblast cells went into overdrive, producing lots of collagen and creating a bulky scar,' Dr Emma said


                            Who is Jenny in 'Save My Skin'? Journalist travels 6,000 miles to get heart-shaped keloid removed by Dr Emma
Dr Emma Craythorne from 'Save My Skin' (TLC)

TLC's latest transformational reality show 'Save My Skin' is all set to return with its sophomore season. If peeling skin or extreme rashes don't turn your stomach then you have your mid-week binge fix. Dr Emma Craythorne is back and so are her unique cases that range from tiny bumps to heart-shaped keloids.

In the latest episode of 'Save My Skin', "We meet Jenny, who traveled over 6000 miles from the Caribbean island of Saint Martin to visit me! Her keloid started off as a small cut only two years before, and then her fibroblast cells went into overdrive, producing lots of collagen and creating a bulky scar," Dr Emma posted on Instagram.

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The keloid had grown a few inches and was shaped like a heart, which Jenny was very conscious about and had styled her hair in a way that would hide it. "I have desperately been trying to get rid of this and I am running out of options," Metro quoted Jenny as saying. "I’ve had it now for about two years and it’s been growing and growing and growing. It’s really itchy and uncomfortable, gunky and gooey," she continued.

For novices, it might seem like a simple surgery. But Dr Emma, in her post, explained how that removing the keloid "is not as simple as cutting it out". The injuries from the surgery can reactivate fibroblasts resulting in "something even larger than the original keloid".



 

"The risk of recurrence following surgery alone is between 45-100%. That’s why the plan following surgery is so important. Pressure dressings or clips are very useful, and for large keloids we tend to recommend radiotherapy," Dr Emma concluded.

Whatever the procedure may be, Jenny will dive headfirst given how long this issue has plagued her. She suspected that the keloid had changed the position of her ear canal, which impacted her hearing. "I’m working as a journalist, when I am out with my cameraman making stories, I do have to think about my keloid."

Catch all the new episodes of 'Save My Skin' on TLC every Wednesday at 10/9 c. For more information, check your local listings.

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