Is Earlobe Repair Surgery Painful?

A plastic surgeon doctor examines a male patient s ear for an otoplasty operationEarlobe repair is a common cosmetic surgery in the United States. Usually, earlobe repair is an option if your earlobe gets damaged by heavy earrings or after removing gauges. The soft tissue has a limited capacity to fix itself in these instances, and a significant hole will remain. 

Our board-certified plastic surgeons can perform earlobe surgery on enlarged or split earlobes caused by:

  • Increasing the size and weight of gauges
  • Accidents where earrings got snagged by clothing and pulled 
  • Extended periods wearing heavy earrings
  • Acute injury and trauma
  • Wrong piercing placement or piercings too close together

How Is Earlobe Repair Surgery Performed?

Earlobe repair is an easy procedure to perform. It is done in an outpatient setting under local anesthesia. The procedure usually only takes an hour and most patients can drive themselves home afterward. 

Earlobe repair usually involves cutting a small notch in the affected lobe and removing extra tissue. Since you’ll be awake for the procedure, you’ll be able to monitor your results and guide the surgeon with feedback. 

However, every procedure is highly individualized and will depend on your specific goals and the extent of damage to your earlobe. For more information, you can speak with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons during a complimentary consultation.

Call 303-706-1100 today to schedule your consultation and find out if earlobe surgery is the right choice for you. 

How Painful Is Earlobe Repair Surgery?

Earlobe repair is a quick procedure with relatively little downtime, and local anesthesia makes it virtually painless. After the anesthesia rubs off you may experience swelling, redness, tenderness, and bruising. 

However, these are temporary effects that will subside during the healing process. You will need to avoid heavy activity, swimming, and exercise for about four weeks during the healing period. 

Schedule Your Earlobe Repair Consultation

Feel free to contact Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a consultation if you have any questions about earlobe surgery.

You can also schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons by calling 303-706-1100. We serve patients from Denver, Lone Tree, and across the United States. 

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