What is Earlobe Repair Surgery?
Earlobe repair in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts corrects split or torn earlobes, which are commonly the result of heavy earrings, incorrect earlobe piercings, gauging, or other trauma to the earlobe. For those that wish to return to wearing earrings or who are self-conscious of the uneven appearance of their earlobes, earlobe repair may be a great option.
Am I a good candidate for earlobe repair?
Ideal candidates for earlobe repair are individuals who have split earlobes, enlarged holes in the lobe, or have experienced other trauma to the earlobe. They should also be in general good health and have realistic expectations of correction.
How is earlobe repair performed?
Earlobe repair is conveniently performed in Dr. Hall’s office. The area being treated will first be numbed with a local anesthetic for the patient’s comfort. Then, depending on the degree of repair needed, flaps may be used to repair the earlobe. Another option includes the healed parts of the tear being removed and the earlobe simply sutured together. Most earlobe repair procedures can be completed in less than an hour.
What should I expect during recovery?
During recovery from earlobe repair, patients should experience minimal discomfort. However, over-the-counter pain medication is recommended to control any pain. Antibiotic ointment may be applied to the sutures to promote a healthy recovery. No downtime is required, and patients can resume their everyday tasks immediately after the procedure. This surgery generally results in a scar on the earlobe, although it will be minor and barely visible.
Can my ear be re-pierced after repair?
Yes, the ear can be pierced again, though it is advised that patients wait a minimum of eight weeks for the earlobe to fully heal. In order to avoid reoccurred splitting, it is recommended that patients avoid heavy earrings after their repair.
“I saw 3 surgeons before meeting with Dr. Hall and by far he and his staff was the most compassionate, thorough, professional and helpful. Can’t say how pleased and comfortable he and his staff made me feel.”