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Earlobe Repair

Earlobe repair, also known as earlobe reconstruction or earlobe rejuvenation, is a cosmetic procedure performed to correct damage, deformities, or stretching of the earlobes. It is commonly sought by individuals who have experienced trauma to the earlobe, wear heavy earrings that have caused elongation or tears, or desire to reverse the effects of gauged earlobe piercings. Here is a description of the earlobe repair procedure:

  1. Consultation: The process begins with a consultation. During this consultation, the surgeon will evaluate the condition of the earlobe, discuss the patient’s goals and expectations, and determine the appropriate surgical approach.

  2. Anesthesia: Earlobe repair can be performed using local anesthesia, which numbs the area, making the procedure relatively painless.

  3. Incision and Tissue Adjustment: The surgeon will make a precise incision along the natural contour of the earlobe to access the damaged or stretched area. Depending on the extent of the repair needed, the surgeon may remove excess tissue, reshape the earlobe, or suture any tears or elongated holes.

  4. Suturing: The surgeon will use fine, dissolvable sutures to carefully close the incisions, ensuring that the resulting scar is minimal and discreet. The sutures may be placed both externally and internally to provide optimal support and healing.

  5. Recovery and Aftercare: Following the procedure, the patient will be given post-operative instructions to facilitate proper healing. It is important to keep the surgical site clean, apply prescribed ointments or dressings, and avoid any activities that may put tension on the repaired earlobe, such as wearing heavy earrings. The recovery period varies depending on the extent of the repair but typically lasts a few weeks.

  6. Results: Over time, the earlobe will heal, and the sutures will dissolve on their own. The final results of earlobe repair are usually long-lasting, with improved symmetry, shape, and appearance of the earlobes. Patients can typically resume wearing earrings after the complete healing process, following the surgeon’s instructions.

It’s important to note that the specifics of the earlobe repair procedure may vary based on individual needs and the surgeon’s techniques. Therefore, it is advisable to discuss the procedure in detail with your dermatologist, understand the potential risks and benefits, and determine if earlobe repair is the right option for you.

As experts in cosmetic dermatology, we invite patients from Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, Pittsboro, Mebane, Durham, Burlington, Cary, and surrounding cities, to schedule a consultation for ear lobe repair with us today. Once you arrive, a member of our dermatology team will discuss with you your goals and help structure a plan. You can self-schedule here or contact us by phone and we will help you find a convenient appointment.

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