Why Do I Need Earlobe Surgery?
There are many different reasons for patients to undergo earlobe repair surgery. It is a safe and effective way to correct various earlobe problems, including the following.
- Keloid scars. Keloids are scars that form as a result of an injury. They can be red, brown, or tan and may form over the site of a piercing or be due to an injury to the ear.
- Stretched hole earlobes. Over time, heavy earrings weigh down on the earlobes and cause earlobes to develop a stretched hole. Treatment for stretched earlobes involves closing the gap entirely by removing the skin inside the hole so the tissue can reconnect and repair itself.
- Gauged earlobes. Some individuals choose to “gauge” their ears as a form of self-expression. This process uses round spacers to stretch the holes in the ears and elongate the earlobe. Unfortunately, gauging the lobe can cause damage as the tissue becomes thinner.
- Split earlobes. Heavy earrings or pulling can result in complete splits in the earlobe. This injury may also be repaired by removing the skin inside the tear and reattaching tissue for a rejuvenated appearance of the lobe.
Side Effects Of Earlobe Repair Surgery
Similar to other facial plastic surgery procedures, there are side effects of earlobe repair that patients should be aware of before undergoing surgery, including the following. Contact our team of plastic surgeons to learn more about the side effects of this procedure.
- Earlobe Swelling
- Wound Breakdown
Earlobe Repair Surgery Procedure
Earlobe repair is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthetic to numb the ears. Small incisions will be made around a patient’s earlobes, and the stretched pieces of tissue are then excised. If the tear in the earlobe is partial and does not break through the bottom of the ear, the elliptical tear will be excised and sutured. If the tear is in the lower third of the earlobe, plastic surgeons extend the tear entirely through the ear, excise the skin, and suture the ear into a pointed shape. The remaining healthy tissue is skilfully rearranged and stitched back together using sutures. Dr. Tyrone or Dr. Khairalla will make sure your earlobes maintain a smooth, natural appearance.
Earlobe Repair Surgery Recovery
Following earlobe repair surgery, the ears may be swollen and sore for the next two days, but patients can return to their normal daily lifestyle immediately after surgery. However, patients should avoid any strenuous activities that could harm their ears and make sure to keep them clean. Depending on each patient’s specific circumstances, sutures might be removed in a matter of weeks, and ears can eventually be pierced again.