Earlobe Repair – Patient 158
A woman in her late 50’s with stretching of her ear piercings who is desiring of correction. She is shown before and again, 3 months after repair when she returns for re-piercing. We think her problem came from sleeping with her earrings in, so she start to remove them when sleeping, after the new piercings have healed.
Earlobe Repair – Patient 157
A 21 yo with a cleft earlobe who is seen before and again, 1 ½ years after repair. She was delayed in coming back for re-piercing because she was out of the country.
Scars typically will become thicker and redder for 6 weeks and then start to soften and fade for the next 2 years. Most patients in the web gallery are seen at the 3 -month mark, the time when they typically return for re-piercing. With the benefit of a longer time period , her earlobe repair scar has faded to the point where it is difficult to see.
Earlobe Repair – Patient 156
A woman in her mid 70’s with a cleft of her earlobe as well as age related laxity. She is shown before an again, 3 months after an earlobe lift. A wedge is marked by swinging the earlobe back and forth over an imaginary point to precisely mark the amount of extra ear lobe. This lifts the earlobe and restores a more youthful appearance.
Earlobe Repair – Patient 155
An RN in her late 50’s with a partial cleft of her left earlobe. Her earrings “hang funny” now and fall out. She is shone before and again, 3 months after an earlobe lift/ repair. In the ear lobe lift, a wedge of ear lobe is precisely measured and removed to elevate the droopy ear lobe at the time of repair.
Earlobe Repair – Patient 154
A woman in her late 30’s with a partial cleft of her left ear lobe. Her earrings now hang funny and start to fall out. She is shown before and again, 3 months after repair.
Discussion: She attributes the partial tear to the use of her cell phone on this side. Scars are typically at the reddest and thickest at 6 weeks and then continue to fade for the next 2 years. We will re=pierce the ears at the 3 month mark in the office, and recommend that our patients cleanse the area with hydrogen peroxide 2-3x day for the following 3-4 weeks and then start to remove the earring(s) when sleeping to prevent re-tearing of the earlobe from the friction of the earring against the pillow.
Repair of Gauged Ear/Earlobe Repair – Patient 153
An early ( 6 week) follow-up on a man in his mid to late 30’s with gauges in his ears. He does not like the look of gauges any longer and wanted to have these corrected. The scars are typically at their reddest at 6 weeks and will now fade and improve over the next 2 years. He is thrilled with the appearance, and happy to have “normal” ears again.
Update: Our patient is now seen nearly 6 months after his gauges repair. The scars have continued to fade, and the earlobes have a normal shape.
Earlobe Repair – Patient 153
A woman in her mid 20’s who has had problems with a left torn earlobe. She started having problems with developing small tears which eventually tore through while in college and had had this repaired 4 years ago. She did well for about a year but then it tore again. It is good to fix a problem but even better to prevent a problem. The issue here: probably from wearing earrings while sleeping. This seems to be more of a problem in my patients with relatively short ear lobes as we have here. My theory is that the earring post levers back and forth on the pillow and against the ear cartilage and cuts through the earlobe like a wire cutting through a block of cheese. She is shown before and again, 15 months after repair by us in the office. We have re-pierced her ear for her in the office. After cleansing with hydrogen peroxide 2-3 times a day for the next 3-4 weeks she will start to remove the earrings while sleeping.
Gauged Ear/Earlobe Repair – Patient 152
A man in his late 30’s who felt that his gauges no longer represented the image of himself that he wanted to present to the world. He is shown before an 8 weeks after correction of his gauges in the office under local anesthesia. Although scars are typically at their reddest and thickest at 6 weeks and then begin to settle over the next year, he is already thrilled with the normal appearance of his ears.