When you think of cosmetic surgery, an earlobe procedure probably isn’t the first thing to come to mind! However, for those with torn or drooping earlobes, the procedure can make a huge difference in their appearance and confidence. If you’re considering surgery to repair your earlobes, here’s what you can expect throughout the process:
To begin the earlobe repair process, you will meet with a plastic surgeon to ensure that you are a good candidate. Earlobe repair is a very minor procedure, so most patients make sucessful candidates. There are a few common reasons why patients decide to have the procedure. Wearing large gauges for a long period of time and then deciding to take them out might result in holes in the ears that do not completely close up. Wearing heavy earrings or having an earring torn out can result in a split earlobe that doesn’t heal properly. You can also experience drooping earlobes as an effect of the aging process. An earlobe repair surgery can correct these concerns to restore the natural appearance of your ears.
Earlobe repair is an in-office procedure performed with the use of local anesthesia to numb the area. The exact technique that will be used during your procedure will depend on your specific concerns. For drooping earlobes, excess hanging skin can be removed for a more youthful appearance. If large holes are present from gauges, flaps might be used, or drooping tissue can be removed and the earlobe is sutured back together. For a split earlobe, the two ends are brought together and stitched to restore the normal appearance. The procedure process usually takes no longer than an hour to complete.
Because earlobe repair is so minor, there is very little discomfort or downtime after. You can control any pain with the use of an over-the-counter pain reliever and get right back to your normal activities. Scarring from earlobe repair is usually very minimal. When the earlobe is healed after about twelve weeks, you can even choose to have your ears re-pierced!
To learn more about the earlobe repair process or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Hall, contact our office today.