Your earlobes can stretch and tear due to trauma, aging, and wearing heavy or gauged earrings. Misshapen, deformed earlobes can cause a person to feel embarrassed and insecure about their appearance, leading them to cover their ears with hats or other accessories. Earlobe repair is a safe procedure that removes excess earlobe skin to provide patients with aesthetically pleasing ears.
Earlobe Repair Can…
- Correct earlobe deformities
- Reduce the size of a stretched-out piercing hole
- Remove excess earlobe tissue, including keloid scars
- Resize and reshape the earlobes to create a more aesthetic appearance
- Allow you to wear more traditional earrings with ease
- Improve your appearance and self-esteem
Ideal candidates for earlobe repair struggle with the split, torn, or stretched earlobes caused by injury or wearing heavy or gauged earrings. Patients who have suffered from an accident that has caused their earlobes to tear or look misshapen can also opt for earlobe repair surgery. People with keloids following ear piercing are a special case requiring multimodal therapy. Those interested in an earlobe procedure should have realistic expectations and be in good overall health.
Earlobe repair is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthetic to numb the ear(s). Small incisions will be made around your earlobe(s), and the stretched pieces of tissue excised. The remaining healthy tissue is skilfully rearranged and stitched back together using sutures. Dr. Boyd will make sure your earlobes maintain a smooth, natural appearance. (Practitioners unskilled in earlobe surgery will often leave unsightly notching that can spoil the contour of your ear.) You will be in and out of the office in less than two hours.
Recovery and Results
Following your earlobe repair treatment, your ears may be swollen and sore for the next two days. You will be prescribed antibiotic ointment and pain medications to help ease any discomfort. You can return to your normal daily lifestyle immediately after your surgery. However, you must avoid any strenuous activities that could cause harm to your ears, and make sure to keep them clean. Your earlobes should return to normal after a few weeks, and if you would like, Dr. Boyd will re-pierce them with gold-plated ‘keepers’ two months after your procedure.
You can expect long-lasting to permanent results that will improve your appearance and self-esteem. Final results will become apparent approximately three weeks after your procedure. To maintain a favorable outcome, you should avoid wearing heavy jewelry or gauges that can stretch your earlobes, and tape them when playing contact sports.
Side Effects and Risks
As with most surgical procedures, earlobe repair involves risks and side effects. These risks are minimal and can include mild discomfort, infection, wound breakdown, and asymmetry. Proper treatment of these will ensure that the final appearance is as if they had never happened. Therefore, it is important that you contact the office should any complications ensue.