A Guide to Earlobe Repair Surgery
The earlobes tend to take a lot of abuse – the fleshy underside of the ear is frequently subject to piercings, heavy earrings, stretching and gauging. But even the earlobe has its breaking point. Whether it’s a tear from a traumatic injury or the simple desire to close up the holes that large gauge earlobe plugs leave behind, there are many reasons to consider earlobe repair surgery. Dr. Douglas J. Mackenzie and his friendly staff at Pacific Plastic Surgery specialize in a wide range of plastic surgery options, including earlobe reconstruction.
Determining a Good Candidate for Earlobe Repair Surgery
Because of the noninvasive nature of the earlobe repair procedure, anyone in good health with stretched or torn earlobes is likely to be considered a good candidate for earlobe repair surgery. If your earlobe has been torn or stretched beyond the normal aesthetic, having it repaired by a skilled plastic surgeon is a simple process.
The Earlobe Repair Surgery Process
The method for performing earlobe repair surgery is quite simple in most cases. While the patient is numbed with a local anesthesia, the plastic surgeon will cut away any necessary amounts of healed skin surrounding the earlobe stretching or tear. From there, he will join and suture the two sides of the earlobe together in an aesthetically pleasing manner to mimic a natural earlobe. The sutures are usually removed soon after surgery once the earlobe has started to heal.
A Timeline of Earlobe Repair Surgery and Recovery
Earlobe repair surgery is neither a complicated nor a time-consuming process. It is commonly considered an outpatient procedure that a plastic surgeon can complete in his or her office with local anesthesia. The average earlobe repair surgery procedure only takes about an hour before the patient can be on his or her way.
Within a couple of days, most patients are able to get back to most of their regular everyday schedule with minimal discomfort. But as with any surgery, no matter how minor, proper aftercare is extremely important. Keeping the suture site clean and dry can help to speed along a successful recovery. Most patients report only slight scarring that is almost imperceptible, and scar therapy with Biocorneum or a similar product will help minimize scar appearance. Re-piercing the ear is also an option once the earlobe has healed completely.
Contact Pacific Plastic Surgery for More Information
At Pacific Plastic Surgery, conveniently located just minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, Dr. Mackenzie is well-versed in a variety of ear-related plastic surgery options from ear pinning surgery to earlobe repair. If you are considering an ear makeover, contact our Santa Barbara plastic surgery office to discuss your options. Dr. Mackenzie will examine your ears to develop a treatment approach that is best suited to your needs. At this time, Dr. Mackenzie can also review the possible risks and side effects of surgery, along with the associated costs of earlobe repair surgery.