Earlobe repair is performed to treat a wide variety of cosmetic earlobe irregularities which may include stretched, elongated or torn earlobes.
Typically, earlobe tears occur as a result of the long-term wear of heavy earrings, which create an elongated and weakened earlobe. This elongated earlobe is more sensitive to tearing, which may occur naturally, as the result of a trauma or when playing with young children.
When to Consider Earlobe Repair
Ideal candidates for earlobe repair are healthy individuals who have studied the procedure and its possible outcomes. Earlobe repair may be useful to treat:
- Elongated earring canals
- Torn earlobes
- Damaged earlobes
- Asymmetric earlobes
Some factors may negatively contribute to the healing process, including smoking, a history of some medical conditions and the use of certain medications. During the consultation process, your doctor will be able to determine if earlobe repair is right for you.
What are the steps of the earlobe repair procedure?
A local anesthetic is administered prior to the procedure for maximum patient comfort. Though each earlobe repair procedure is different, generally the skin around the torn area is removed to make a raw surface for repair. The tissue and skin are sutured together, creating maximum support for future piercings.
How long does recovery take following the procedure?
A bandage may be applied immediately to minimize swelling, and antibiotic ointment is placed on the area to protect it from infection. Generally after about a week the stitches are removed. Hair can be washed throughout the recovery period.
For surgeries that provide a reinforced earring hole, earrings may be worn as soon as six weeks after the procedure, though patients should avoid wearing large, heavy jewelry for at least three months. In surgeries performed with no earring hole in the final outcome, patients should wait at least six months before re-piercing the area.
Is there scarring from earlobe repair?
Incisions are closed with fine sutures for minimal scarring, though some incision lines may be visible along the rejoined ear line. Any incision lines should continue to fade for up to six months.
How will I feel after the procedure?
Most patients of earlobe repair experience very little pain following the procedure. Any pain can be effectively managed with over-the-counter pain relief medications. Discomfort should dissipate over the first 24 hours.
Are there any possible complications?
There is a very small chance of complications as a result of this procedure, including irregular scarring, pigmentation or asymmetry. Just as in other surgical procedures, there is a slight chance of infection, bleeding and poor wound healing. All of these risks will be discussed in depth during the consultation process.
Learn More About Earlobe Repair in Tampa
For more information about earlobe repair, or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Mosiello, contact 813-631-1500. Our cosmetic surgery office in Tampa Palms is conveniently located in New Tampa near Wesley Chapel.