Earlobe repair is done to repair torn earlobes. Torn earlobes can occur by weight heavy earrings, earrings getting snagged on clothing, gauges, or unfortunate accidents. Earlobes can be torn partially or totally, and earlobe repair can help to restore the earlobe to a more natural appearance.
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Ideal candidates will be healthy individuals with a split earlobe, an enlarged earring hole in the earlobe, or a history of trauma to the earlobe. A consultation with Dr. Cusimano will help to determine if this procedure is right for you.
The earlobe repair process takes about between one and two hours, depending on the amount of correction desired. It is generally performed as an outpatient procedure in the office. A local anesthetic will be applied. Then, if the earlobe is only partially torn, a thin layer of skin will be cut around it and the hole will be closed. If the tear goes all the way to edge of the skin, then a thin layer of skin is resected, and the two edges are sutured together using a technique called a “z-plasty”.
What to Expect After Earlobe Repair
There is minimal discomfort after earlobe repair surgery, and any pain can be treated with Tylenol. Patients can feel free to return to exercise within one week. Final results can often be seen in 6-8 weeks. Those who wish to re-pierce their ears should wait at least six weeks for their scar to be completely healed.