Ears play a vital role in maintaining facial symmetry and proportions. Unfortunately, the earlobe is prone to damage from injury and trauma. Damaged earlobes are quite common. While they are an inconvenience and can make a person feel insecure or self-conscious, they can be easily repaired.
At The Naderi Center locations near Washington DC in Herndon, VA, and Chevy Chase, MD, we perform earlobe repair for patients with earlobes that have been torn, stretched, or injured. We can also conduct an earlobe repair to resolve abnormally shaped earlobes. Earlobe repair surgery, sometimes known as earlobe reduction surgery, helps patients achieve better facial aesthetics and improves their confidence and self-esteem by repairing and reshaping the earlobes.
Benefits of Earlobe Repair
There are several benefits of earlobe repair surgery. Patients who have to conceal damaged earlobes with their own hair don’t have many options for hairstyle or cuts to go with. By undergoing earlobe repair surgery, they can cut and style their hair any way they wish with confidence. They don’t have to take their damaged or abnormally-shaped earlobes into consideration the next time they are at the salon.
Also, earlobe repair may be beneficial for women and men who enjoy wearing earrings. Resolving damaged lobes can give patients the opportunity to wear studs, hoops, or any other earrings they desire, without worrying that the earrings will fall out. It may also be a good option for patients who have been left with large earring holes after wearing heavy earrings or undergoing earlobe gauging. Once stretched, the earlobe skin is often unable to stretch back to its normal size without surgery.
Lastly, but most importantly, earlobe repair can raise a patient’s confidence. After surgery, patients won’t have to wonder whether people are looking at their earlobes and they won’t have to work to cover them up. Earlobe repair surgery is a quick, effective procedure that can do wonders for the way a person looks and feels.
Ideal Candidates for Earlobe Repair
Healthy men and women who have experienced earlobe injuries caused by earrings or trauma are ideal candidates for earlobe repair surgery. However, anyone who was born with earlobes that are too large or too small may also find value in earlobe repair in Herndon, VA & Chevy Chase, MD. In addition, patients who have been left with large holes as a result of gauging and wish to restore their earlobes to a normal shape and size or those with overly elongated earlobes or keloids may be good candidates for earlobe repair as well. A consultation is a great way for patients to determine whether or not an earlobe repair is a good option for them.
What to Expect From an Earlobe Repair Consultation
Patients who are interested in earlobe repair are encouraged to schedule a private consultation with one of our board certified surgeons. Our doctor will take the time to evaluate the patient’s earlobes and get to know their reasons for considering earlobe repair. If the patient is a good candidate for this plastic surgery procedure, our doctor will share before and after photos of real patients, explain what the patient can expect, and answer any questions they may have.
Preparing for Earlobe Repair
After your earlobe repair surgery there are specific instructions that patients will be provided with to ensure an optimized recovery. Patients will be encouraged to refrain from any products containing aspirin for at least a week prior to the procedure. They will also need to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least 48 hours before the procedure as these activities complicate the healing process. Since earlobe repair is an outpatient surgery performed under local anesthesia patients can drive home alone.
What to Expect From Earlobe Repair
Earlobe repair is one of the most straightforward, simple office procedures a plastic surgeon can perform. It will only take 15 – 30 minutes to complete. Torn earlobes, a split earlobe, or earlobes that have been significantly stretched will require the surgeon to rearrange the soft tissue and to replace the tissue that has been damaged. In the event the patient has experienced only a partial tear, our surgeon will remove the damaged skin and stitch the lobe back together using small sutures. Patients can expect natural-looking earlobes once the procedure is complete.
Recovering From Earlobe Repair
Earlobe repair is a low pain procedure with an easy recovery period. After the surgery, the patients may either be prescribed a special ointment to use or a special brown tape to apply to their earlobes depending on the surgical technique utilized.
In the event that patients do face any discomfort, they can use over-the-counter pain relievers to control soreness. Patients can expect swelling and bruising to disappear within a few weeks. Once it is determined that the repair has healed properly, your surgeon will then re-pierce the ears if that is what you desire.
Patients should refrain from wearing turtlenecks or placing their phone to their earlobe for a week after earlobe repair. Additionally, they should stay away from excessive sun exposure and abrasive soaps while they allow their earlobes to completely heal.
In most cases, patients who undergo earlobe repair surgery do not need to take any time off work. However, they may want to schedule their procedure toward the end of the week so they can rest and recuperate during the weekend.
Frequently Asked Questions About Earlobe Repair
What are the most common reasons patients undergo earlobe repair?
In many cases, patients seek out earlobe repair after they have developed a split earlobe or torn earlobes due to injury. Patients may also choose to undergo earlobe repair if their earlobes are droopy, they have stretched piercings, or their earrings constantly fall out of their earring holes or catch on pillows or clothing.
Is earlobe repair a good way to resolve damage from gauged piercings?
Our surgeons perform earlobe repair on many patients who have experienced earlobe damage from gauge piercings.
When can showering be resumed after earlobe repair?
Patients are permitted to shower and wash their hair the day after earlobe repair. However, they should be careful and avoid scrubbing the surgical area. A gentle shampoo like Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo should be used for at least a week after surgery to prevent irritation.
Is there pain during and after earlobe repair?
There are very few nerves in the earlobes, making this surgery relatively low pain. Local anesthesia is used during the procedure itself to ensure patient comfort.
How will the sun affect earlobe repair?
Extensive time in the sun may cause pigmentation of incision lines. Therefore, we recommend staying away from sun exposure for at least a week after surgery.
What are the risks of earlobe repair surgery?
Although earlobe repair is a quick outpatient procedure, it is still a surgery that involves some risks. These risks include bleeding, infection, scarring, and pain.
How can an ear infection be avoided after earlobe repair?
At The Naderi Center our surgeons makes it a top priority to use sterile equipment while conducting the surgery and provide each patient with specific after-care instructions so that they do not develop an ear infection.
Is the scar noticeable?
Since earlobe repair involves an incision, there will be some minor scarring. The good news is that this scarring almost always becomes virtually unnoticeable over time.
Will I be able to wear earrings after the procedure?
After successfully recovering from earlobe repair, patients will be able to wear earrings again. However, they’ll need to re-pierce the ear, since the holes in the ears will be closed during surgery. Our surgeons typically wait a minimum of 4-6 weeks before recommending rep-piercing, so to reduce the risk of earlobe damage recurring.
Can earlobe repair be paired with another plastic surgery procedure?
Yes. Many patients who undergo earlobe repair at our Herndon, VA or Chevy Chase locations of The Naderi Center choose to combine the procedure with another surgery, such as a neck lift or facelift in order to enjoy complete facial rejuvenation.
Why Choose The Naderi Center for Earlobe Repair
The Naderi Center takes great pride in providing each and every patient with the highest quality care. Our board certified surgeons are always learning about and implementing the latest and greatest surgery techniques and technologies so that our patients can enjoy optimal results. Our meticulous surgical techniques paired with years of experience can provide earlobe repair patients with attractive, natural-looking earlobes and cute ears that balance their facial aesthetics.
Schedule an Earlobe Repair Consultation at The Naderi Center
If you are wondering whether or not you’re a good candidate for earlobe repair or are interested in learning more about this surgery, contact our office today to schedule a private earlobe repair consultation. Call our Herndon, VA office at 703-481-0002 or our Chevy Chase, MD office at 301-222-2020. You can also fill out our convenient online contact form.