Earlobe repair can help many people. On occasion, women may suffer a tear in the earlobe, resulting in a cleft. This can lead to embarrassment as well as the inability to wear earrings.
As we get older, our earlobes continue to stretch and elongate, sometimes noticeably. You may simply want a smaller earlobe which would be in better proportion with your ear and the rest of your face. If you’ve had gauges in the past and want to close up the holes left in your earlobes, repair surgery can help with that also.
Dr. Eric Mariotti can perform earlobe repair for these and other situations so that you don’t feel self-conscious about how your ears look.
Here is just one of the many people Dr. Mariotti has helped through earlobe repair, in this case to repair the ears after the patient had been wearing gauges.
What to Expect
Surgery to repair torn earlobes is done in the office with local anesthesia. Once the earlobe is anesthetized, the procedure is quick and painless. Surgery for earlobe reduction is performed in Dr. Mariotti’s office or at Premier Surgery Center.
Earlobe repair procedures are painless. Because they are minor procedures, patients can return to work the very same day.
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Earlobe Repair FAQs
Earlobe repair is relatively affordable compared to more involved facial plastic surgery procedures. The cost includes your surgeon’s fee and any facility fees. Total cost will vary based on the extent of the repair needed. If cost is a concern for you, don’t hesitate to discuss financing options during your office visit. We offer a variety of payment methods and plans to help make your procedure as affordable as possible.
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If you are unhappy with the size of or damage sustained to your earlobes, this procedure could be right for you. Many people choose to repair stretched earlobes, torn or split earlobes and other cosmetic concerns. Dr. Mariotti will help you decide if earlobe repair could be the best solution for you at your consult.
Earlobe repair is typically a minor procedure performed under local anesthesia and shouldn’t cause much pain or discomfort at all. Side effects such as bruising and swelling are also usually on the milder side and can be easily managed with proper over-the-counter medications.
Most people are able to resume normal daily activities almost immediately after earlobe repair surgery, and many people do not have to take any time away from work.
The healing process usually takes around one week. Sutures may be removed at this time. You will need to wait for your earlobes to fully heal before piercing them again. This can take anywhere from 1 to 3 months. If you decide to get your ears pierced again, do not get them pierced in the exact same spot, as resulting scar tissue may cause complications.
Yes, the results from your earlobe repair surgery will be long-lasting. That said, additional piercing or stretching can cause similar damage in the future, and the natural aging process can cause the earlobes to change the size and shape over time as well.
*Information for education only, not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary. Unless otherwise noted, images on this site are of models.