EAR LOBE REPAIR
Earlobe repair is a surgical procedure designed to reconstruct torn, injured, or abnormally shaped earlobes. This procedure can repair earlobes that have been stretched because of heaving earrings, gauges, or plugs, giving them a nice, round, normal appearance that can be re-pierced. Even if there are no problems created by trauma from earring use, the earlobes gradually elongate with age and a surgical earlobe reduction can be an excellent option for those who seek a more youthful appearance to their ears.
At Peel Haus, we are pleased to offer high-quality earlobe repair in our Washington, DC office. Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane can also be used to plump and strengthen aging, sagging earlobes. Our plastic surgeons have performed many successful ear lobe repairs for patients in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area.
Earlobe repair is an in-office procedure performed with the use of local anesthesia to numb the area. The exact technique that will be used during your procedure will depend on your specific concerns. For drooping earlobes, excess hanging skin can be removed for a more youthful appearance. If large holes are present from gauges, flaps might be used, or drooping tissue can be removed and the earlobe is sutured back together. For a split earlobe, the two ends are brought together and stitched to restore the normal appearance. The procedure process usually takes no longer than an hour to complete.
The benefits of earlobe repair or reduction are that the procedures can fix damage and also correct sagging. Earlobe repair and reduction are relatively painless and not overly invasive. Additionally, there are other benefits such as:
Many people with damaged earlobes cover the damage with their hair. This can limit the hairstyle options that they have. After earlobe repair surgery, patients are free to choose any haircut or style they like and don’t have to consider their earlobe.
Jewelry is a form of self-expression. People suffering from split or stretched-out ear lobes are limited regarding types of jewelry they can wear. Earlobe repair can give both women and men the chance to restore their damaged lobes so they can wear what they like.
Many patients with damaged earlobes feel self-conscious. After earlobe repair surgery, patients tell us they feel more confident in their personal and professional life.
Ear lobe repair can correct several issues. You might be a candidate for ear lobe repair if you:
To begin the earlobe repair process, you will meet with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons to ensure that you are a good candidate. Earlobe repair is a very minor procedure, so most patients make successful candidates. There are a few common reasons why patients decide to have the procedure. Wearing large gauges for an extended period of time and then deciding to take them out might result in holes in the ears that do not completely close. Wearing heavy earrings or having an earring torn out can result in a split earlobe that doesn’t heal properly. You can also experience drooping earlobes as an effect of the aging process. An earlobe repair surgery can correct these concerns to restore the natural appearance of your ears.
Earlobe repair is an in-office procedure performed with the use of local anesthesia to numb the area. The exact technique that will be used during your procedure will depend on your specific concerns. For drooping earlobes, excess hanging skin can be removed for a more youthful appearance. If large holes are present from gauges, flaps might be used, or drooping tissue can be removed, and the earlobe is sutured back together. For a split earlobe, the two ends are brought together and stitched to restore the normal appearance. The procedure process usually takes no longer than an hour to complete.
After the procedure, most patients do not need pain medication, however, over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol should be adequate. Patients can return to most of their usual activities almost immediately, including showering and shampooing. Sutures are typically removed in about a week.
If you choose to pierce your ears again, we advise that you not do it directly on the scar because this tissue is weaker and will tear more easily. For optimal results, the new piercing should be at least 3mm away from the. Re-piercing in the area can be done 3 months after sutures are removed. As with any cosmetic medical procedure, results vary from patient to patient.
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What are the risks of earlobe repair?
Earlobe repair is a simple procedure with very little risk of complications. In some cases, substantial scarring might develop because of trauma to the ears, or the ears can split again if the earlobe is pierced too soon.
Will I Have Visible Scars After my Earlobe Repair?
Our providers will use specific techniques to minimize the appearance of scars. However, since many cases of earlobe repair are caused by trauma, there may be some residual scarring that remains after the surgery. Nevertheless, once the earlobe heals, the scars from the surgery will eventually fade and you can wear earrings that can obscure any scarring.
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