Earlobe Repair – Patient 151
A woman in her early 40’s who is bothered by the stretching of her earlobe and earlobe piercing. Her earrings “hang funny” and the earlobes appear droopy. She is shown before and again, 3 months after a bilateral earlobe lift. A wedge is carefully marked by swinging the earlobe back and forth past an imaginary point. This corrects the drooping of the earlobe. She was so happy when we re-pierced her ears in the office that she said that she felt like she was in 7th grade again and getting her ears pierced for the first time!
Earlobe Repair – Patient 150
A man in his mid 40’s with a deformity of his left ear lobe. He had had chronic infection of a cyst of his left ear 2 years before which had drained on its own, but left him with an unusual prominence of his earlobe. He had thickening of the lobe without a true residual cyst. He is shown before and again, 7 months after correction in the office with a wedge resection of the ear. Although scars will typically continue to fade and improve for 2 years or longer, he is already thrilled with the correction of his ear lobe which now appears normal.
Earlobe Repair – Patient 146
A woman in her mid 20’s with a partial tear of her earlobe who wanted to have this repaired before her upcoming wedding. She is shown before and again, 3 months after repair in the office. The cause of her tear is thought to be wearing her earrings while sleeping, so after she heals from the repiercing of her ears she will start to remove her earrings at bedtime.
Earlobe Repair – Patient 145
A woman in her late 70’s who is bothered by drooping of her earlobes. She has had a facelift in her 40’s and again in her 50 ‘s done elsewhere and was happy with the results but always felt that her earrings “hung funny” when they were in her ears, and noticed this to have gotten progressively worse over the years.
An ear lobe lift is performed by swinging the ear lobe back and forth pass an imaginary point to mark a wedge for excision. This wedge is excised and the earlobes are repaired. This removes the excess earlobe from aging and “lifts” the earlobe by restoring it to a more youthful contour. She is shown just before correction under local anesthesia in the office, and again, 3 months after surgery when she returned for re-piercing.
Earlobe Repair – Patient 143
An Asian woman in her early 20’s with a partial cleft of her right earlobe from her earrings. She is shown before and again, 3 months after repair in the office. Scars will typically become thicker and redder for 6 weeks after repair and then begin to fade and improve for the next 2 years. 3 months is usually a good time to re-pierce the ear.
Earlobe Repair – Patient 142
A surgical nurse in her early 60’s who is bothered by a recurrent cleft of her left ear, as well as a drooping appearance of both earlobes. She has had previous repair of the earlobes elsewhere. She is shown before and again, 3 months after an earlobe “lift”, when she returned for re-piercing. An ear lobe lift is different than a simple repair. A wedge is marked by swinging the ear lobe back and forth across an imaginary point to mark the proper size. This corrects the drooping as well as the cleft. After discussions her recurrent tears may be due to sleeping with her earrings in at night time. So it’s good to fix a problem, but even better to prevent one. After her ears have healed from the piercings ( about 4 weeks) I have encouraged her to start removing her earrings while sleeping.