Earlobe Deformity Treatment

STRETCHED, TORN AND GAUGED EARLOBE REPAIR

Stretched or torn earlobes commonly happen because of trauma, such as heavy earrings, children pulling on earrings, or gauging–a practice to stretch earlobe piercings. Trauma stretches the piercing to an overly large hole or a completely split earlobe, with the piercing reaching down to the bottom edge of the lobe. Earlobe repair for stretched or torn earlobes is a simple and short minor surgical procedure that is performed in the office under local anesthesia (injection of numbing medicine) or as part of a more extensive facial and neck rejuvenation procedure, such as a facelift or neck lift. Piercings that are placed too low on the earlobe or are mismatched between the lobes may also require earlobe repair.

BENEFITS OF EARLOBE REPAIR

  • Earlobe repair is a short, minor surgical procedure that has no downtime.
  • Earlobe repair restores a natural contour to stretched, torn, or gauged earlobes.

CANDIDATES FOR EARLOBE REPAIR

Good candidates for earlobe repair are men, women, and children with stretched or split earlobes who desire repair. Patients should be in good health and have mature, realistic expectation of treatment.

EARLOBE REPAIR: TREATMENT DETAILS

Dr. Fishman repairs stretched and torn earlobes in the clinic, using local or injectable numbing medications. She repairs the torn or stretched earlobe by removing the skin inside the piercing and carefully stitching the tissues around the piercing for a natural result. Dr. Fishman removes the applied sutures in 7-10 days after the repair, and she frequently re-pierces the earlobe at the time of the repair or a few weeks later.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

CAN I WEAR EARRINGS AFTER EARLOBE REPAIR?

Yes. Dr. Fishman frequently re-pierces the repair earlobe at the time of the repair or 8 weeks after earlobe repair. The timing of piercing depends on your anatomy, previous history of earlobe repairs, and location of desired earlobe piercing.

HOW PAINFUL IS EARLOBE REPAIR?

Earlobe repair surgery is performed under local anesthesia (an injection of numbing medicine). This injection stings for 15-30 seconds, very much like an injection of numbing medication at the dentist’s office. After the earlobe is numbed, most patients report no discomfort and only slight tugging and pressure during the earlobe repair procedure. After the repair, most patients describe a mild soreness, and commonly do not require any pain medication.

CAN MY CHILD HAVE EARLOBE REPAIR?

Dr. Fishman will determine your child’s candidacy for earlobe repair during your personal consult.

HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?

Dr. Fishman performs earlobe repairs in 15 to 30 minutes, with the duration of the procedure most dependent upon the extent of trauma to the earlobe.

WILL INSURANCE PAY FOR EARLOBE REPAIR?

You should check your coverage for earlobe repair with your insurance provider. If this service is not covered, we offer financing options for the procedure. Please inquire about this at the time of your consultation.