If you’re bothered by the appearance of drooping earlobes, if your piercing holes have stretched and won’t retain earrings, or if you have snagged an earring and torn the piercing hole and lobe, earlobe repair may be right for you. The plastic surgeons at Precision Medical Arts are here to help you understand your options.

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Understanding Earlobe Repair Surgery

Earlobe repair surgery is a medical procedure that is used to correct the shape or size of an ear lobe. It is usually performed on people who have had an injury to their earlobe or who have earlobe deformities. It can also repair lobes that have been stretched or torn by earrings or gauges and restore the appearance of the ears.

Examples of Earlobe Damage

  • Piercings that snag on clothing, a pillow, or other objects can also damage the earlobe, either by ripping the piercing hole or splitting through the lobe.
  • Regularly wearing heavy earrings can drag the earlobes down and widen the piercing entries. With time, the lobes may appear visibly droopy, and the piercings may become so extended that they won’t hold small earrings.
  • Similarly, gauges and plugs—which have become increasingly popular with men and women alike—can stretch the lobes and piercing entry points. Those who decide to stop wearing gauges are often left with holes that don’t fully close on their own.

Earlobe surgery restores the natural aesthetics of the lobes, and it allows the lobes to be re-pierced if desired.

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The Earlobe Repair Procedure

Earlobe repair surgery is conducted on an outpatient basis, and the procedure is typically brief and requires no downtime. Although each earlobe surgery varies a bit depending on the nature and extent of the earlobe damage, in most cases it entails a small, notch-like incision in the earlobes. The skin tissue is then repositioned for a symmetrical appearance and stitched back together.

Who is a good candidate for earlobe repair surgery?

Candidates for earlobe repair surgery are people who have suffered damage to their earlobes, usually as a result of trauma or accident. The surgery can also be performed to correct congenital defects in the earlobe.

Enjoying Your Results

The visible results of earlobe repair surgery become more apparent as you heal, although you will see an immediate difference in the appearance of your earlobes.
In the days and weeks following surgery, the skin tone will become more refined, and the lingering incision lines from the procedure will fade. Those who wish to pierce their ears again may typically do so within about six weeks following earlobe repair surgery.

When can I wear earrings again?

If you choose to wear earrings after your earlobe repair, it is advised to wait until the earlobe is fully healed, around one to two months. You should try not to get the ear piercing done in the same spot it was in before to avoid any complications or additional tearing of the earlobe.

What is the recovery from earlobe repair surgery?

Earlobe repair surgery is a minor procedure to correct torn or damaged earlobes. It is a relatively short and simple procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia. Your stitches will be removed in one week, and you should be fully healed within one to two months.

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Why choose us for earlobe repair?

At Precision Medical Arts, we pride ourselves on providing our patients with the highest quality of care possible. Enhanced recovery protocols are just one example of the lengths to which we will go to ensure that our patients are comfortable and well-cared for. With a comprehensive team of specialists, we can provide individualized care for each patient. From preprocedural care to postprocedural care, our patients can rest assured that they will be in good hands. Our doctors are leaders in their fields and have extensive experience in treating both cosmetic and reconstructive patients. With our level of care and experience, you can be sure that you are making the best possible decision for your health and well-being.

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To schedule your earlobe repair consultation with a plastic surgeon, please contact Precision Medical Arts today. 

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The first step in your journey is a private consultation with us at Precision Medical Arts. You can expect our professionals to listen closely to your concerns, and to work with you individually at every step to ensure you are delighted with your results, and enjoying a happier, more confident life.

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