Torn, stretched, or otherwise damaged earlobes can be a cause for self-consciousness or discomfort, and earlobe repair is the most common procedure to relieve these complications. Aspira Plastic Surgery’s Dr. Erella offers this procedure to his patients and can reshape the earlobe using simple surgical techniques.
Reasons for Earlobe Repair
There are several reasons to choose earlobe repair. Some patients have stretched or torn earlobes as a result of wearing heavy earrings. Stretching ears, or wearing “gauges,” can cause damage or be repaired if the patient simply no longer wishes to wear the jewelry. Earlobes also naturally begin to sag over the years due to age, which may be addressed through the surgery. Finally, the earlobes may be damaged due to an injury or accident.
Candidates for Earlobe Repair
Most people with the above problems are good candidates for earlobe repair. As it is a surgical procedure, you should be generally healthy. Be sure to disclose any health concerns with Dr. Erella before your surgery to make sure that it is a safe and suitable option for you.
The Earlobe Repair Procedure
Earlobe repair is a relatively simple procedure. It is performed under local anesthesia in the office (unless paired with another procedure) and can be completed in about an hour. During the procedure, Dr. Erella will remove any excess skin that may be the cause of drooping or sagging. In the case of fully split earlobes, the two sides will be sutured together to reconnect them. Any remaining stitches will be removed about a week after the procedure.
Recovering from Earlobe Repair
Most patients feel only minor discomfort following their earlobe repair, which can be treated using over-the-counter medication. Some swelling or redness is typical. Dr. Erella will likely prescribe or recommend an antibiotic ointment to apply to the earlobe to help avoid infection during healing. It’s important to follow all aftercare instructions carefully and keep the area clean. If you have stitches in place, these will be removed at a follow-up appointment about a week after your earlobe repair.
Earlobe Repair Results
Scarring from earlobe repair should be minimal and unnoticeable. Final results can be seen when the earlobe is healed completely, which usually occurs at about twelve weeks.
You can have your ears re-pierced if you wish to wear earrings again, however, you should wait at least four to six months before having a new piercing done. To maintain your results, refrain from wearing excessively heavy earrings.
Schedule A Consultation
To learn more about earlobe repair, schedule a consultation with Dr. Erella at Aspira Plastic Surgery. Call our Austin office at (512) 593-7699 or contact us online to set up an appointment.