What is Earlobe Repair?
When the earlobes are stretched out due to wearing heavy earrings or ear gauges, it can result in large, protruding, deformed, or ripped earlobes. Individuals with thin earlobes are particularly predisposed to experiencing a tear in their lobe. Earlobe repair is done to restore the normal contour and shape of the earlobe. It is a fairly quick outpatient procedure performed in the office under local anesthesia, and patients can return home immediately thereafter. Both men and women can benefit from this popular procedure resulting in fully restored earlobes to get you ready for your next job interview or next ear piercing.
Who is a Good Candidate for Earlobe Repair?
Men or women who wish to repair their stretched, torn or gauged earlobe(s) can benefit from earlobe repair. Be sure to tell Dr. Walker if you have a history of excessive scarring or keloid formation, and whether or not you wish to wear earrings in the future again. During your consultation appointment, Dr. Walker will examine your earlobes and determine the best treatment option for you.
How is the Earlobe Repair Procedure Done?
Earlobe repair is generally performed in the office using local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Depending on the extent of your earlobe damage, different techniques may be employed. For drooping or stretched earlobes that have been torn, Dr. Walker will remove the skin lining the tear, close the tear, and let it heal. The size of your earlobe will be marginally smaller than prior to the tear. Depending on the extent of your procedure, you should be able to have your ears re-pierced within the next three months, typically after the first month of healing.
Earlobe Repair Recovery
You may experience mild discomfort following your earlobe repair procedure, which can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications. Any swelling, if present, can be controlled with cold compresses. While no dressings are necessary after surgery, you will be instructed to apply an antibiotic ointment to the treated area to prevent infection. It is advised that clients do not sleep on their ears or place direct pressure on their ears until sutures are removed, which is about 5-7 days after surgery. Dr. Walker will provide specific instructions on how to care for your incision site and when you can return to everyday activities.