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Earlobe Repair Candidates: Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery

By Dr. Suzanne Yee on February 13, 2018


A women with pierced and gauged earsDuring earlobe repair, a cosmetic surgeon reshapes the earlobe. The skin around the tear or stretch portion of the earlobe is removed, creating a new “raw edge” of the skin. The edges of the earlobe can be altered and sutured together, restoring the appearance of. Norms earlobe in the process. In the vast majority of cases, only local anesthesia is necessary to perform the surgery, and the procedure typically takes less than one hour to perform.

Earlobe repair surgery is on the rise for a variety of reasons. The team at our Little Rock, AR plastic surgery center would like to consider some basics about earlobe repair candidacy. If any of the below sounds appealing given your situation, be sure to schedule a consultation with us as soon as possible.

General Candidates for Earlobe Repair

Good candidates for earlobe repair are people who have experienced some amount of trauma or damage to their earlobes. This leads to the earlobe appearing stretched, torn, or poorly shaped in some fashion.

Since the earlobe is a low risk area for surgical procedures and the surgery is not particularly invasive, practically anyone can undergo surgery without experiencing complications.

Good for Treating Disfigurement from Trauma

If you suffer an injury to the side of the head, there’s a chance that it might affect the ear area or the earlobe. One example to consider is a dog bite or animal attack. Another example is accidentally getting your ear caught on something while turning your head or moving. In these cases, earlobe repair can easily address the damage done and restore the appearance without major issues.

Excellent for Addressing Gauged Ears

Ear gauging has been a major fad for several years. Gauging stretches out the earlobes. Removing gauges leaves the earlobes looking stretched out like rubber bands. It can be difficult getting certain kinds of jobs due to gauges, and people may regret the amount of stretching to their earlobes. Earlobe repair helps remove the stretched skin and make the earlobes look totally normal.

Effective at Addressing Torn Piercings

Sometimes an ear piercing gets caught on something, tugging and pulling the earlobe in the process. With excessive force, something has to give, and that often means the earlobe is stretched and torn. These earlobe tears can be unsightly. Earlobe repair can easily fix these kinds of issues.

Overall Cosmetic Revision of Earlobes

Earlobe repair can also be performed for a variety of cosmetic reasons. Some patients may have some amount of earlobe repair performed as part of an ear pinning or ear reshaping surgery. This can be discusses during the consultation process with your surgeon.

Is There an Age Requirement for Earlobe Repair?

While many surgeries are recommended for adults, earlobe repair can be performed on patients of all ages. This goes for ear surgeries in general. Reshaping the skin and cartilage of the ears at a young age will not have a negative impact on a person’s appearance as they age. This is important for children who have experienced ear injuries or disfigurement.

Learn More About Earlobe Repair

For more information about earlobe repair and other options for reconstructive surgery, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters with you in much greater detail.

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