Can a Stretched or Torn Earlobe Be Repaired?

african american woman with bare shoulders showing her earEarlobe repair surgery is a straightforward procedure that’s growing in popularity. The board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery frequently correct earlobe damage from repetitive stretching or injury. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your ears, this restorative treatment could be right for you.

What Can Earlobe Repair Surgery Correct?

Earlobe repair surgery can correct a variety of cosmetic issues. You could be a good candidate for this procedure if:

  • You’ve suffered a traumatic injury or tear to your earlobe from a pulled earring. 
  • Repetitive stretching from heavy jewelry has caused earlobe sagging.
  • You want to close larger holes in your earlobes after removing gauges or plugs. 
  • Your piercings need to be more balanced or in a different location.
  • Your piercing hole is slightly too large for a standard stud.

Many men and women who get earlobe repair surgery want to re-pierce their ears later. If you’re choosing this procedure so you can enjoy wearing earrings again, you’ll just need to wait six to eight weeks before getting new piercings in the area.

How Long Is Earlobe Repair Surgery and Recovery?

Earlobe repair is a simple procedure for our experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeons. We typically close and contour the earlobe under local anesthesia. This process generally takes less than an hour with simple repairs taking as little as 15 minutes. Because you’ll be awake, you can check the shape and closure of the first ear before we move on to the second to ensure you’re happy with the results.

After earlobe repair, most patients return to their normal activities the same day. However, you might experience a throbbing sensation around the site. Discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or Advil. If you have a higher pain sensitivity, we might prescribe a light narcotic for the first day of your recovery. 

You’ll need to keep your earlobes clean and dry as they heal. During your return visit, about a week to 10 days after your procedure, our providers will carefully remove any sutures and check on your recovery progress.

Schedule Your Earlobe Repair Consultation

If you want to correct damage to your earlobes, this simple repair procedure could give you the aesthetic results you want. At Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons have decades of experience and can minimize scarring by using the most advanced corrective techniques. Contact our Lone Tree, Colorado practice at 303-706-1100 to learn more about restoring your earlobes.

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