A woman in her early 50’s with a complete cleft of her left earlobe and a partial cleft of her right earlobe. She has had right earlobe repair in the past by another plastic surgeon.
She does sleep with her earrings in place, and this is most likely the cause. She is shown before and again, 3 months after repair in the office under local anesthesia.
A 25 yo graduate student with a partial split of her left earlobe, which keeps her from wearing earrings. She thinks this is from sleeping with her earrings in. She is shown before and again, 3 months after repair. Scars are redder and thicker for 6 weeks and then begin to fade and improve over the next 1-2 years.
A nurse in her later 60s with a complete split of her left ear for a few years. She has a complicated medical history including a kidney transplant and a gastric bypass, as well as diabetes. The transplant medications, diabetes and history of a gastric bypass can all interfere with normal healing.
She is shown before and again, 3 months after a repair in the office. Thankfully she did not have any healing issues and has an excellent contour of her earlobe after surgery. She is now able to wear her earring in the formerly second hole, and did not require repiercing.
A man of color in his late 20’s who was bothered by a partial cleft of his left ear that may have happened from sleeping with his earrings in at night. He is shown before and again, 3 months after repair in the office. Scars typically become thicker for 6 weeks and then fade and improve over the next 2 years. At 3 months his scar is starting to soften and fade and his ear is ready to be re-pierced if desired.
A man in his early 50’s who has always been bothered with prominent/ floppy/hypertrophic ear lobes. He has been teased when he was younger.
He is shown before and again, 3 months after bilateral earlobe lift/reduction. We have had him using the topical silicone since 6 weeks after surgery. Surgical scars typically get thicker and redder for 6 weeks and then begin to soften and improve over the next 2 years.
At 3 months, his scars are softer and better in appearance than usual at this time point, and he is thrilled to have normal ear lobes.
A woman in her mid 30’s who is bothered by a week chin. She is shown before and again, 5 months after placement of a Medium Flowers Silicone implant. The face is in better balance from the front and side, and the nose appears smaller now in proportion.
A woman in her early 60’s with a double partial cleft of her right ear and a partial cleft of her left hear. She also has drooping of her ear lobes. She was marked for an ear lobe lift by swinging the earlobe back and forth past an imaginary central point. The wedge was carefully placed to include the two clefts of her right ear. In this way the ear lobe clefts were corrected as well as the drooping of the earlobe to restore a normal appearance to the ear. She is shown before surgery and again, 3 months after surgery, just after having her earlobes repierced in the office.
A woman in her early 30’s with a partial cleft of her right ear. After discussions in the office she does sleep with her earrings in and this may be the side that she sleeps on. Her left ear is normal. My theory is that sleeping with the earring in allows the post to move back and forth across the pillow, slowing cutting through the earlobe like a wire cutting through a cheese. She is shown before and again, 3 months after repair, just after re-piercing this in the office.
A woman of color in her mid 30’s with a double cleft of her left ear and a single cleft of her right ear. She thinks that these may have torn from wearing heavy earrings. She is shown before and again, 5 months after repair of the 3 separate clefts under local anesthesia in the office.
A woman in her late 20’s who had gauges of the ears when she was younger. Despite removing these her earlobes still had a deformed appearance. She was no longer comfortable with the appearance of her ears. She had recently moved to a new area and felt that people were judging her based on the appearance of her gauges, and this no longer represented how she wished to present herself. She is shown before and again, 3 months after gauges repair in the office under local anesthesia. She is thrilled with the new appearance of her ears. Scars will typically fade over the next 2 years. I re-pierced her ears for her in the office and she is thrilled to be able to wear normal earrings.