Ridgeland, MS Earlobe Repair with Faces PLLC
Earrings can be a beautiful addition to your appearance, but they can also damage your ears over time. Wearing heavy earrings or intentionally stretching your earlobes with gauges can create unsightly earlobe holes that don’t close on their own. In some cases, these practices may even cause your earlobes to split. Trauma to the earlobes can also lead to a permanent defect.
Earlobe repair is a minimally invasive procedure that can permanently close gaping holes or tears in the earlobes. This operation can help you feel more confident about your appearance and restore your ability to wear earrings normally. Dr. J. Randall Jordan and Dr. J. George Smith perform earlobe repair surgery at our clinic located in Ridgeland, MS. They will be happy to answer any questions you have about this procedure.
About the Earlobe Repair Procedure
Earlobe repair surgery is different from otoplasty, which is used to correct congenital ear deformities. Earlobe repair heals earlobe damage that has occurred later in life as a result of injury, earlobe stretching, or prolonged earring use.
To perform earlobe repair, our surgeons will start by injecting a local anaesthetic around the treatment area to prevent discomfort. Then, they’ll make an incision in your earlobes and remove damaged tissue, as needed. Finally, your earlobes will be stitched closed with small sutures, allowing them to close and heal naturally. The ear can be re-pierced at 4-6 weeks after the repair.
Earlobe repair is an outpatient procedure, so you’ll be able to go home immediately afterward. Most earlobe repair procedures can be completed in under half an hour.
What are the Benefits of having Earlobe Repair at Our Ridgeland Clinic?
Dr. Jordan and Dr. Smith are experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeons who only operate in fully accredited surgical facilities. When you choose Faces PLLC for your earlobe surgery, you’ll enjoy a safe surgical experience with superior results. We also provide all of our patients with thorough, attentive aftercare.
Earlobe repair can accomplish the following objectives:
- Restore your natural earlobe contours, even if your earlobes have split.
- Help your ears heal after significant injury.
- Allow you to wear earrings normally again, including studs.
- Give your earlobes a more youthful shape to complement the results of facelift surgery.
Who Makes a Good Candidate for Earlobe Repair?
Earlobe repair might be right for you if you meet any of the following criteria:
- You have worn heavy earrings for many years. With age, the skin loses its elasticity because the collagen and elastin in it slowly break down. This, combined with the effects of gravity, cause the earlobes to become stretched with the repeated use of heavy, dangling earrings. If the holes in your ears have become elongated over time, to the point where you cannot wear ear studs anymore, you may benefit from earlobe repair surgery.
- You have intentionally stretched your ears with plugs or gauges. Aesthetic preferences change over time, so it’s not uncommon for people to regret intentionally stretching their earlobes. Earlobe stretching can also cause the earlobes to split, preventing the use of earrings and creating unsightly damage. If you’ve harmed or distorted your earlobes with gauges, we can surgically recreate your original earlobe shape.
- Your earlobes have been injured. If your earlobes have been injured as a result of forcible earring removal (for example, your earrings were grabbed by a child or pet), you may need earlobe repair surgery. Calling a plastic surgeon as quickly as possible after earlobe injury will maximize your chances of completely correcting any damage that was done.
To have earlobe repair surgery, you will need to be in good overall health and preferably be a non-smoker. If you have a history of excessive or keloid scarring, earlobe repair may not be the right choice for you. We’ll let you know whether or not you’re a good candidate for scar revision after examining your skin and reviewing your medical history.
During your consultation, our doctors will show you “before and after” photos to help you develop realistic expectations for this procedure. You’ll also be invited to discuss any concerns you have about earlobe surgery.
Recovering from Earlobe Surgery
Earlobe repair seldom causes noticeable postoperative discomfort, but you’ll need to follow specific instructions during healing to ensure satisfactory results. We recommend taking one to two days off work to rest after having this procedure. During this time, you should apply a cool compress to your ears at least three times per day to reduce swelling. Use any provided ointments and medications as directed to prevent soreness and infection.
For at least a month after you have earlobe surgery, you’ll need to protect your ears from sun exposure, as ultraviolet radiation can cause scar tissue to thicken and become darker. Use SPF 50 sunscreen when ever you go outside and wear a broad-brimmed hat, if possible.
After three months, you should be able to pierce your ears again, if you wish to do so. Our doctors will let you know when you’ve healed enough to take this step.
Don’t let damaged or torn earlobes hold you back from wearing the hairstyles or earrings you enjoy. If you think earlobe repair might be right for you, contact Faces PLLC in Ridgeland, MS to arrange a one-on-one consultation. Our doctors can help you review your options and personalize your procedure to meet your needs.
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Earlobe Repair FAQs
Many things can happen to your ears that may result in misshapen or stretched earlobes, particularly for people who wear earrings or who have torn earlobes from wearing spacers or gauges. Some of the most common causes of earlobe surgery in Missouri we encounter in our Ridgeland, MS, clinic include:
- Consistently wearing heavy earrings for extended periods
- Catching earrings on clothing
- Babies or young children pulling earrings
- Large holes left from earlobe discs or spacers
Being mindful of your earrings will massively reduce any risks of earlobe deformation.
We remove the sutures used to reconnect the earlobes after earlobe reconstruction surgery after two weeks. Full healing generally takes up to six weeks, at which point patients can get their earlobes re-pierced. We strongly recommend waiting the full six weeks for proper healing to occur before considering ear piercing after earlobe repair in Ridgeland, MS.
The procedure itself is relatively fast. Earlobe repair surgery usually takes 20 to 30 minutes per ear, and recovery takes between four and six weeks.