Earlobe repair can be a confusing topic. There are so many questions to consider before deciding on the best solution for your unique situation. Here are five of the most common questions people ask when considering earlobe repair and answered them below in detail. If you’re not sure if earlobe surgery is right for you, these FAQs will help steer you in the right direction.
How is Earlobe Repair Performed?
To correct earlobe injuries and tears, Dr. Hall makes a tiny incision in the lobe and trims off any excess tissue. Then, if necessary, he will stitch back together what’s left to create a natural-looking earlobe again. This usually means removing small pieces of skin from one side and sewing them into place on the other side. The stitches are tiny and inconspicuous and fade over time to create a highly natural-looking final result.
How Much Does Earlobe Repair Cost?
The price of earlobe repair varies widely from patient to patient. In general, it is a relatively affordable procedure that often costs between $500 and $2,000. However, the final cost will depend on facility fees, if applicable, how much work you need to do, and whether insurance covers any of the fees. If you are considering earlobe surgery, be sure to ask board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Hall about the fees upfront so you don’t get caught by surprise with unexpectedly high fees.
How Much Time Will it Take for My Earlobe to Heal?
This is a tough question to answer without knowing the specifics of your surgical plan. Every patient heals at different rates, and healing times vary depending on how serious the damage is or if your body reacts poorly to the anesthesia. If you do not have any complications after earlobe repair, most patients have no downtime after the procedure. However, it may take up to three months for swelling and bruising around the ears to fade completely – but usually, by then, no one will be able to tell that you’ve had anything done.
Does Earlobe Repair Hurt?
If you are getting earlobe repair, the procedure itself will not hurt. However, many people report feeling some discomfort after surgery as their new lobes heal. This is normal, and it should subside within a few weeks of your operation. Most patients report that their new earlobes look and feel like normal, natural ones after the swelling goes down. However, if you aren’t completely satisfied with your results or decide to get another procedure done later on (like a facelift), be sure to ask your surgeon about how it will affect your original lobe surgery – as sometimes multiple procedures can cause complications.
How Long Will the Process Last?
Earlobe repair is a highly effective, minimally invasive procedure that can be done in under an hour. Recovery can take several weeks but there’s no downtime needed for the healing process to begin. Most patients experience instant relief from their injury or tear with some discomfort in the first few days following the procedure. Because the earlobes do not normally change shape drastically throughout a person’s life, this is often a permanent resolution of earlobe damage.
Earlobe Repair in Boston, MA
With instantaneous and permanent results, earlobe repair surgery has helped many people who have come to Dr. Hall with issues of the appearance of their ears or damage due to piercings or gauges. Learn more about this procedure and schedule your surgery by talking to Dr. Hall during a consultation. Call our Stoneham office or contact us online today to schedule your consultation.