Earrings have been a common accessory for as long as we can remember. Usually, you can wear earrings with very little concern about injury to your earlobes. However, large or heavy earrings can stretch piercings over time. An earring can also be accidentally pulled, causing a full or partial tear of your piercing. People with stretched or torn piercings may feel self-conscious about their appearance. Earlobe repair surgery can help.
What is Earlobe Repair Surgery?
Earlobe repair is a precise surgical procedure that is performed to restore a normal appearance to a torn or stretched piercing caused by heavy earrings, injury, or natural aging. This repair is performed in our office as a cosmetic procedure.
Who is a Candidate for an Earlobe Repair?
If your earlobe piercing has been torn or stretched, you may be a good candidate for earlobe repair. During your initial consult, your provider will give you a detailed explanation of the procedure, your expected cosmetic outcome, and any minor risks of the procedure.
What Are the Benefits of Earlobe Repair Surgery?
Torn earlobes can cause a great deal of self-consciousness. You may feel as though your ears degrade your professional appearance or the image that you see for yourself. Having earlobe repair can be a step forward into feeling fully confident in your appearance. The repair process is minimally invasive and carries a very low risk of complications.
How Does an Earlobe Repair Procedure Work?
Earlobe repairs are different in every case. When you consult with one of our experienced dermatology providers, they will explain the details of your procedure. Generally, the process involves cleansing and numbing the earlobe. Using a surgical scalpel, the provider removes scar tissue to refresh the torn or stretched piercing, and then expertly sutures the defect closed. Standard sutures are placed and removed in 7-10 days. You may re-pierce your ears as early as 3 months after your repair, but heavy earrings must always be avoided in the future.
How Long Does an Earlobe Repair Procedure Take?
The earlobe repair procedure takes approximately 40 minutes. This may vary slightly depending on the extent of repair that is needed. You can expect to return to most of your normal activities right away after your appointment.
Does an Earlobe Repair Require Anesthesia?
We believe in pain-free experiences as much as possible! To begin your earlobe repair procedure, your doctor will administer a local anesthetic to the earlobe. This renders tissue completely numb, allowing you to rest comfortably throughout your procedure.
How Long After an Earlobe Repair Will I See Results?
You will be able to observe your ear as soon as your procedure is complete. After your sutures are removed, your repair will still be in its healing phase. While your piercing will be repaired and look dramatically improved right away, the appearance will continue to improve over time if proper care is taken. You can expect continued cosmetic improvement over 2-6 months.
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