What is earlobe repair?
Earlobe repair is a surgical procedure to correct damage or deformities of the earlobes. The procedure can address a variety of issues, including torn or stretched earlobes, earlobes with large holes from earrings, and earlobes with keloid scars.
What causes earlobe damage?
Earlobe damage can be caused by a number of factors, including trauma, injury, or wearing heavy earrings over a long period of time. Additionally, gauging or stretching the earlobes can cause significant damage, including tearing or scarring of the tissue.
Who is a candidate for earlobe repair?
Anyone who has suffered damage to their earlobes or who is unhappy with the appearance of their earlobes may be a candidate for earlobe repair. However, it is important to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine if the procedure is right for you.
How is earlobe repair performed?
Earlobe repair is typically performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The surgeon will remove any excess tissue and reposition the remaining tissue to create a natural-looking lobe. If necessary, the surgeon may also repair any damage to the surrounding tissue or skin.
Does earlobe repair hurt?
Most patients experience only mild discomfort during and after the procedure. Your surgeon will provide you with pain medication to help manage any pain or discomfort during the recovery process.
How long does earlobe repair take?
The procedure typically takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete, depending on the extent of the damage or deformity being addressed.
What is the aftercare for earlobe repair?
After the procedure, patients will need to keep the surgical site clean and dry to prevent infection. Most patients are able to return to work and normal activities within a day or two, but it is important to avoid any strenuous activities or heavy lifting for a week or two after the procedure. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for the surgical site and what activities to avoid during the recovery period.