Torn or split earlobes can occur from acute trauma or long-term use of heavy earrings (remember the 80’s?). Whether the earring hole is larger and longer than usual or torn completely through, Dr. Brown can easily restore it to its desired appearance.
How is the earlobe repaired?
The procedure is a simple, 15-20 minute outpatient procedure in Dr. Brown’s office. She injects local (numbing) anesthesia into the area. After removing the damaged portion of the skin, small sutures are placed to bring the skin together. You may drive yourself home immediately after the procedure.
Is it painful?
For most patients, the preoperative numbing injections and the procedure itself are almost completely painless. The ear will likely be tender afterward, but is typically relieved with Extra Strength Tylenol. The most frequent comment we hear is, “If I knew it would be this easy, I would have done this years ago!”
How long is the recuperation?
Most individuals resume normal activities immediately after the procedure. However, any activities which would stress the area should be avoided for 1 week. This includes heavy exercise involving bending or straining as well as movements which would place pressure on the ear. Bruising and/or swelling may occur in some patients and can be treated as needed.
How soon can I pierce my ears after surgery?
To reduce the risk of a repeated tear, Dr. Brown recommends 6 weeks of healing prior to re-piercing. Gentle, lightweight clip-on earrings may be worn soon after sutures are removed if desired.
What is the cost?
Earlobe repair is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. However, our prices are extremely reasonable. Call for a consultation with our Medical Assistants to discuss your options.
What about floppy earlobes?
For some women, the earring hole is not too large, but the surrounding skin of the earlobe is not as plump and firm as it should be. This causes stud earrings to sag downward. Dr. Brown can inject Restylane filler into the area to immediately cure this problem without surgery. Results typically last one year and can be repeated as needed.
Can you repair large, gauged earlobes?
Dr. Brown refers these cases to a plastic surgeon for more extensive surgery. She can often repair small, early gauged holes in the office.
How should I prepare for my procedure coming up?