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Do you have damaged earlobes because of injuries, trauma, or large earrings? If you’re suffering from earlobe damages, such as a torn, stretched, or split earlobes, you may consider earlobe repair surgery, a procedure that restores the normal shape and contours of your earlobe.

What is earlobe repair?

Earlobe repair is an outpatient surgical procedure that restores the normal shape and contours of your damaged or split earlobes. During the procedure, the damaged or stretched cartilages are removed, and the remaining cartilage and skin tissues are repaired through sutures.

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What can you achieve with an earlobe repair?

Earlobe repair surgeries treat a wide range of earlobe damage, but these conditions can broadly be placed into the following categories — earlobe splits, earlobe tears, and earlobe abnormalities.

  • Earlobe Splits: The earlobe piercing may get stretched because of large-gauge earrings that, over time, stretch your cartilage down. As the piercing stretches down, the hole becomes too large for ear studs. An earlobe repair reduces the size of the earlobes or closes the gap.
  • Earlobe Tears: An earlobe tear refers to a situation wherein the split extends all the way down the earlobe, splitting it in two. It usually occurs when a child or animal forcibly removes an earring. During the earlobe repair, the plastic surgeon cuts away the healed parts of the insides of the earlobe, and sutures the two sides together, allowing them to heal together.
  • Earlobe Abnormalities: This refers to various aesthetic abnormalities, such as an unusually large, elongated, or fleshy earlobe. Dr. Pearlman can make the necessary modifications to ensure your earlobe’s proportionality to the rest of your facial anatomy.

What are the benefits of an earlobe repair?

  • Restores normal earlobe appearance and contours
  • Ensures overall facial symmetry and balance
  • Restores your ability to wear earrings
  • Outpatient procedure that concludes within an hour
  • Safe procedure with negligible risk of complications
  • Imperceptible scarring
  • Minimal pain and discomfort after the procedure
  • Minimal downtime
  • Improves confidence

Am I a suitable candidate for an earlobe repair?

An earlobe repair is a minor surgical procedure, so it’s suitable for most people with split, torn, or otherwise abnormal earlobes. You should consider an earlobe repair if:

  • Your earlobes are severely damaged due to trauma or jewelry
  • You can’t wear earrings or studs anymore because of large earlobes
  • Your earlobes aren’t proportional or symmetrical
  • Your earlobes have torn all the way through
  • You are physically and mentally healthy
  • You don’t have underlying health conditions that may impede the healing process
  • You don’t have a history of excessive scarring

What happens during the earlobe repair procedure?

As mentioned previously, an earlobe repair may be necessary to treat various types of problems, such as splits, tears, and other abnormalities. During your initial consultation, Dr. Pearlman examines the earlobe damage, discusses your aesthetic goals, and curates the ideal treatment plan for your specific needs.

During the procedure, our anesthesiologist administers local anesthesia to numb the region. Next, Dr. Pearlman makes the necessary incisions, depending on the region and type of damage. Traumatically damaged tissue or cartilage may be removed or refigured to restore the earlobes to functional and aesthetic perfection as closely as possible. Finally, the earlobes are sutured.

How and when do you recover from an earlobe repair?

You may experience swelling, bruising, and itching immediately after the earlobe repair procedure. Dr. Pearlman will prescribe some painkillers and antibiotic ointment to apply on the incisions. The sutures will have to be removed in a few days, but you can resume most of your daily activities the day after surgery. You should allow your earlobes to heal for at least 3 months before getting them re-pierced.

Why choose Dr. Pearlman?

Dr. Pearlman is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with a keen understanding of facial anatomy. He carefully and patiently examines your facial anatomy to curate a treatment plan that ensures your earlobes are proportional and symmetrical with your face. If you have torn or damaged earlobes, contact Dr. Pearlman to discuss your treatment options today.