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.
Earlobe Lift – Patient 112
A woman in her late 50’s who is bothered by splitting of her earlobe but also by a droopy appearance of the ear lobe.
An ear lobe “lift” was performed. An imaginary point is held below the ear lobe and the lobe is swung back and forth, with the excess being marked as a wedge. After excision and repair, this corrects the excess and “lifts” the ear lobe. She is shown just before and again, 10 months later when she returned for repiercing. I typically repierce the ear at 3 months but her schedule did not allow this.
Cleft Earlobe/Earlobe Lift – Patient 111
A retired nurse in her 80’s who has had problems with elongation of her ear piercings which cause her earrings to fall out. She also finds her lobes to be stretched and droopy from age related changes. She had a left earlobe lift/ repair 2 years earlier, and likes this so much she came back to have her right ear done. The left ear is shown before and again, 2 years after. The right ear is shown before and again, 3 months after, when she returned for re-piercing. An earlobe lift is similar to the repair of a cleft earlobe, but a larger wedge is removed. This is precisely measured by “swinging” a line back and forth over an imaginary point and then removing this wedge along with the repair. This restores the normal contour of the earlobe. A simple procedure to perform in the office but patients love not having the drooping of the ear lobes that occurs with aging.
Cleft Earlobe/Earlobe Lift – Patient 110
A woman in her early 60's who is bothered by a deflated appearance of her earlobes. Although an "ear lobe lift" with excision of excess skin could be considered, I suggested that we try a simpler solution here. She is shown before and again, 2 weeks after injection with a non animal derived hyaluronic acid. The improvement is notable.. As we age, we lose volume in our face, and earlobes. The restoration of a small amount of volume here with an "off the shelf" filler gives the ear lobes a more youthful appearance without surgery.
Cleft Earlobe/Earlobe Lift – Patient 109
A woman in her early 40's with a nearly complete "split" or cleft of her left earlobe. She is shown just before repair in the office under local anesthesia. Her ear is shown again, 4 months after repair and just before re-piercing in the office.
Cleft Earlobe/Earlobe Lift – Patient 108
A woman in her early 20's with a double cleft of the ear lobe. She is shown at the time of repair under local in the office, and again, 3 months later when getting her ear re-pierced in the office.
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.”
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