What is earlobe repair?
Earlobe repair is a common, simple and low-risk procedure. Dallas facial plastic surgeon, Dr. John Standefer performs this procedure to correct split, torn, ripped, stretched, drooping, or large earlobes. Some patients opt to have reconstructive ear lobe surgery because they have hereditary or congenital deformities, while others have altered the appearance of the earlobes as a results of wearing heavy earrings or gauging (stretching through a piercing) their ear lobes.
How is earlobe repair performed?
This outpatient procedure performed in our office begins with Dr. Standefer injecting local anesthesia into the earlobe, numbing the area. The surgical method depends on the type of repair needed. If a patient has a partial tear, the damaged portion of the skin is removed, then Dr. Standefer stitches the skin back together using small sutures. This gives the earlobe it’s natural shape. When a patient has a full tear or has severely stretched or gauged earlobes, Dr. Standefer will rearrange the tissue to replace damaged tissue, then place small sutures. This reconstructive procedure essentially redesigns the earlobe back to its natural shape. Patients who are correcting gauged earlobes may have less tissue to work with, resulting in smaller, but natural looking earlobes.
How much does earlobe repair cost?
The cost of earlobe repair depends on the severity of the patient’s condition. After a complimentary consultation with Dr. Standefer, we will be able to provide you with the price. FINANCING OPTIONS are available.
What can I expect during recovery for an earlobe repair?
Since this procedure is quick and relatively pain-free, most patients are able to drive themselves home afterwards. Antibiotic ointment and a bandage should be applied and worn for a 5-7 days. Any discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication. Swelling or bruising that occurs resolves usually within 1-2 weeks. The sutures are removed approximately 1 week after surgery. Patients should avoid wearing earrings for at least 2 months. Heavy earrings should be avoided for at least 6 months.