What is Earlobe Repair?
Dr. Michael Williams can repair torn or stretched earlobes with earlobe repair at Williams Surgical Arts. Earlobe repair is most commonly performed due to a torn earlobe, resulting from trauma or an accidental pull on the earring. This problem may also occur as a result of long-term wear of heavy earrings, which may stretch or weaken the earlobes, making them more susceptible to eventual damage.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM EARLOBE REPAIR?
The ideal candidates for an earlobe repair are in good overall health. Earlobe repair can treat:
- Torn earlobes
- Irregular ear piercing holes
- Large or sagging piercing holes
Surgery provides smooth, unbroken surfaces on the front and back of the ear, with minimally visible incision lines. You may choose to reconstruct the piercing hole in the ear at the time of surgery or have it re-pierced at a later date.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR EARLOBE REPAIR
Earlobe repair typically requires only a local anesthetic for comfort during surgery. The first step is an incision to remove the damaged skin, creating a better surface for the repair. The earlobe tissues are sutured together and the skin is attached on both the front and rear of the ear using fine sutures for minimal scarring.
AFTER YOUR SURGERY
Antibiotic ointment is applied after surgery with a small bandage that is worn for a few days. There is typically little discomfort, which may be treated with over-the-counter pain medication. Some swelling or bruising may develop, but should resolve in a week or two. Stitches are removed after about a week. Showering is permitted during the recovery period.
Earlobes repaired with piercing holes may be strong enough for small posts in about six weeks, and heavy earrings in three months. Earlobes repaired with no piercing should be left intact for six months before re-piercing them.
UNDERSTANDING THE RISKS OF AN EARLOBE REPAIR
Earlobe repair is a simple, low-risk procedure. Possible complications include infection, pain, redness, scarring, bleeding, asymmetry, and possible changes in sensitivity. During your consultation, these risks will be discussed, along with other procedural details.