Cosmetic Earlobe Repair
Cosmetic Earlobe Repair
Prolonged use of heavy earrings can make your ear holes bigger and elongated. Sometimes you can hide them with your hair but it’s not possible for women and men with short hair. Getting cosmetic earlobe repair can fix this problem for you. For some people it might be just a wish to close old holes which might be torn or misplaced when piercing and get a new hole pierced. Some people might want to change the shape of their earlobes.
Indications For Earlobe Repair
- Split earlobe
- Elongated or stretched earlobe, stretched earlobes from heavy earrings
- Stretched earlobe due to tribal ear piercing leading to flesh tunnel
- Candidates who simply want to change the shape of their earlobes
- Split or torn earlobes due to injury or accidents.
Earlobe Repair Procedure
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and completed in an hour.
The earlobe is made numb using local anesthetic via injection.
For a ear lobe that is torn, the procedure consists of “freshening” the edges. To achieve this small amount of skin is removed. The split is then sutured to create normal looking earlobe.
Another technique used for earlobe split repair is with rotation flap. This is a type of skin reconstruction in which semicircular skin flap is rotated to cover the split. The advantage of this technique is that patients can safely and conveniently wear earrings two weeks post procedure instead of having to wait up to six months with the standard procedure. The length of this procedure takes between 30 -40 minutes per earlobe.
To change the shape of the earlobe, unwanted tissue is removed and the area is sutured to look normal.
After your surgery and beyond…
After your earlobe repair surgery there will be small scars on the ears which will at first be red, but will eventually fade to a pale silvery colour. After 4-6 months the healing is complete and your earlobe should look almost completely normal with no obvious signs of the previous piercing. Ears can be re-pierced 6 months after the operation has taken place
Earlobe repair aftercare
Since this procedure is performed under local anesthesia patients can go home immediately after the procedure. A very small dressing is placed on the earlobe which can be removed next day. An antibiotic cream needs to be applied topically over the sutures. Sutures will need to be removed 10 days after the repair procedure. Healing generally takes 4 to 6 weeks. Earlobes can be re-pierced after 2 to 4 weeks by ear piercing gun.
Torn Earlobe Repair Surgery Side Effects
Since it is a minimally invasive procedure risks are small but may include swelling, bruising, and discomfort which last for 2 to 3 days.
Earlobe repair cost
Cost of earlobe reconstruction surgery depends upon the amount of damage to the earlobe. Hence it will vary from patient to patient. Please visit one of our clinics located at Pune, Bangalore, Delhi or Gurgaon in India. On your consultation with one of our expert plastic surgeons, exact treatment suitable for you will be discussed and they will give you exact cost of the procedure that you will need.
Ear Lobe Repair FAQ
Q: What is Earlobe Repair?
Earlobe repair is a procedure that corrects elongated or torn earlobes, usually caused by heavy earrings
Q: How is an earlobe repair performed?
A small amount of local anesthetic is injected into the lobe , and high precision instruments are used to carefully excise the skin around the discrepancy. Then a few very tiny sutures are placed to bring skin edges together, and these stay in about a week.
Q: Can I have my ear re-pierced after this procedure?
Yes, in most cases you can. This is done about 2 to 4 weeks after the sutures are removed.
Q: How long does the procedure take?
It is a day care procedure and the whole procedure is completed within 45 min -1 hour.
You can resume your normal activity immediately after the procedure
Q: What Causes Torn Earlobes?
Earlobes can get torn earlobes as the result of continuous wearing of heavy earrings or can be a result of unfortunate accidents or robberies. More often earlobes get torn as a result of having little children pulling the earring while they play with adults with large earrings. Those women who wear large and heavy earrings for longer duration can have torn earlobes. These may take years to develop. Large or heavy items will gradually elongate the hole and eventually will tear through the lobe.
Q: Am I a Candidate for Torn Earlobes Repair?
You may be a candidate for a torn earlobe repair if you have a fully or partially torn earlobe. You overall health status is usually not a limiting factor since this procedure is performed under local anesthesia without any potential risks of sedation or general anesthesia.
Q: What Should I Anticipate After the Procedure?
Patients usually tolerate this procedure without significant discomfort. After surgery most patients do not need any pain medication. A couple of doses of painkillers may be beneficial for those who feel slight ache at the repair site. The discomfort usually disappears within twenty four hours. A thin layer of antibiotic ointment is placed over the repair area. You may wash your hair normally.