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Earlobe repair ideals with the correction, repair, and reshaping of earlobes that have been split, stretched, or are oversized.
Torn earlobes are caused when earrings get caught and rip completely through the earlobe. This not only results in an undesirable-looking ear but also makes it impossible for the patient to wear normal earrings again. The technique for split earlobe repair is simple, painless, and can be carried out under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. First, the area of your earlobe is cleaned and the area of excision cleanly marked. After the anesthesia has taken effect, the doctor will cut away the skin that has healed on either side of the torn earlobe. The edges that are created from the incision will be sutured back together to close the split earlobe.
A split earlobe repair surgery can successfully repair partial, multiple, and full tears in your ear. A partial tear in your earlobe is usually a result of wearing excessively heavy earrings or large gauges on your ear. In a full tear, the bottom of your ear lobe gets completely separated from the rest of your ear.
The sutures used to close the skin during earlobe repair will usually be removed after five days. If you choose to pierce your ears again, you cannot do it directly on the scar because this tissue is weaker and will tear more easily. Request for the new piercing to be done either on the right or left side of the scar for more optimal results. Repiercing in the area should not be done for at least six months.
Stretched earlobe repair is usually recommended when the use of ear stretchers have enlarged the holes in the ear. The method employed in stretched earlobe repair is similar to split earlobe repair. Removing the stretchers and allowing the ears to heal as much as they can on their own will facilitate the surgical earlobe repair afterwards. Much like with a split earlobe repair, this procedure can be done under local anesthesia with the surgeon suturing the stretched opening closed to resolve the unnaturally overstretched appearance of the earlobe.
You can expect to resume your regular activities almost immediately after the completion of your earlobe repair surgery. Certain suture materials may require you to return back after surgery for post-operative care in the clinic. In most cases, however, this is not a concern. You are free to drive back home after the procedure the same day itself. You should avoid placing pressure on the ear. Headphones should not be worn and you will need to avoid sleeping on the ear during your recovery.
The cost of your earlobe repair surgery will be discussed during your initial consultation. Price can vary based on several factors like the techniques used to perform the procedure.
If you are interested in earlobe repair surgery, contact Deschutes Dermatology today to schedule a consultation. Our team of medical experts can take the time to properly examine the issue and formulate a personalized procedure plan that should provide you with natural-looking results.