Earlobe Repair Surgery

Earlobe Repair Surgery

Earlobe surgery can repair lobes that have been stretched or torn by earrings or gauges, and restore the appearance of the lower ears.

If you’re bothered by the appearance of drooping earlobes, if your piercing holes have stretched and won’t retain earrings, or if you snagged an earring and tore the piercing hole and lobe, earlobe repair may be right for you. The plastic surgeons at Precision Medical Arts are here to help you understand your options.

Examples of Earlobe Damage

Regularly wearing heavy earrings can drag the earlobes down and widen the piercing entries. With time, the lobes may appear visibly droopy and the piercings may become so extended that they won’t hold small earrings.

Similarly, gauges and plugs—which have become increasingly popular with men and women alike—can stretch the lobes and piercing entry points. Those who decide to stop wearing gauges are often left with holes that don’t fully close on their own.

Piercings that snag on clothing or a pillow or other object can also damage the earlobe, either by ripping the piercing hole or splitting through the lobe. Earlobe surgery restores the natural aesthetics of the lobes, and it allows the lobes to be repierced if desired.

The Earlobe Repair Procedure

Earlobe repair surgery is conducted on an outpatient basis, and the procedure is typically brief and requires no downtime.

Although each earlobe surgery varies a bit depending on the nature and extent of the earlobe damage, in most cases it entails a small, notch-like incision in the earlobes. The skin tissue is then repositioned for a symmetrical appearance and stitched back together.

Earlobe Repair Results

The visible results of earlobe repair surgery become more apparent as you heal, although you will see an immediate difference in the form of your earlobes.

In the days and weeks following surgery, the skin tone will become more refined and the lingering incision lines from the procedure will fade. Those who wish to pierce their ears again may typically do so within about six weeks following earlobe repair surgery.

To schedule your earlobe repair consultation with a Long Island plastic surgeon, please contact Precision Medical Arts today.