Pierced ears are at risk for stretching, tearing, and scarring from the weight and size of earrings. Tears are often split and highly visible. Earlobe repair is a relatively quick, in-office procedure to correct these problems. Techniques used in this procedure actually strengthen the area to help prevent recurrence of the damage.
Earlobe repair is a simple procedure to repair stretched, split, or damaged earlobes. It is typically performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis.
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Earlobe repair is a relatively simple, out-patient, surgical procedure that takes between 15 and 30 minutes to perform. Dr. Smith excises the healed skin on the inside of the torn earlobe and sutures the fresh edges together. Special techniques are used to avoid notching on the earlobe. The ears can be re-pierced in approximately one month.
The most common earlobe deformities are split earlobes, elongated earlobes, and enlarged piercing holes. Split earlobes and enlarged piercing holes are caused by trauma or heavy earings. Elongated earlobes may result from use of heavy earrings, or they may simply occur with aging.
Most split earlobes are caused by piercings or trauma related to piercings. They may also be caused by other types of trauma.
In many cases in which incisions are made behind the ear, dissolvable sutures are used. However, permanent sutures are typically placed in more visible areas.
Every procedure that involves an incision will leave some type of scar. Scars left by earlobe repair surgery are well camouflaged and generally very hard to see.
Every surgical procedure carries some risks. That said, earlobe repair is a safe operation. The most common complications involve issues related to healing, such as notching where the skin meets, infection, or scarring. Revisions can always be made.
When earlobe repair is performed under local anesthesia, you should be fine to drive home after the procedure.
Earlobe repair is a surface operation with no risk to major blood vessels or nerves. However, Dr. Smith may instruct you to stop taking certain medications before your surgery to reduce the risk of bleeding.