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. Smith can easily restore it to its desired appearance.
How is the earlobe repaired?
The procedure is a simple, 30-60 minute outpatient procedure in our office. Dr. Smith injects local 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 procedure itself are almost completely painless. The ear will likely be tender afterwards, 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 with 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. Smith recommends 6 months of healing prior to re-piercing. Gentle, lightweight clip-on earrings may be worn one month 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 cosmetic consultation with our office 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. Smith can inject a filler or your own fat into the area to immediately cure this problem without surgery. Results typically last one year or longer, and can be repeated as needed.