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Earlobe repair surgery is a reconstructive or cosmetic procedure that restores the earlobe or earlobes after they have been injured or have changed with age. This cosmetic surgery is customized for each person depending on the concerns they would like to have addressed. After earlobe repair surgery, the ears are renewed and rejuvenated back to their original form.

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Why Get Earlobe Repair Surgery? 

Some patients are unhappy with the appearance of their natural earlobes, wishing they were shorter or less prominent. For those who are happy with their natural earlobes, damage that is caused by a variety of reasons can require earlobe repair surgery to correct it.

Earring accidents or other trauma

A split earlobe is typically caused by earring accidents. Earrings can snag in clothes or on other objects. Sometimes a child can yank the earring. In some cases, another trauma occurs, such as a dog bite or accident. The result is a ripped, split or disfigured earlobe.

Ear gauges 

The style of ear gauges involves the stretching of the earlobes. Holes are made in earlobes that are significantly larger than the tiny hole made for regular earrings. 

Once gauges are removed, the holes remain. For those who no longer want gauges, the empty hole that remains in the earlobe can be a cosmetic concern. These holes also make it impossible for those who would like to wear regular earrings in their earlobes again.

Unwanted earring holes

At one point in life, you may have wanted a number of earring holes. Some patients have several or more in each ear lobe. Those who no longer want as many holes in their earlobes or those who wish to have no piercings at all can have earlobe repair surgery to close unwanted piercings.

Other cosmetic concerns

Sagging, prominent, overly long, and dangling earlobes may be addressed to help repair the appearance of the earlobes. In other cases, patients with attached earlobes may wish for theirs to be detached, while those with detached earlobes may wish theirs could be attached. Earlobe repair surgery addresses all of these concerns.

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Earlobe Repair with Dr. Fisher

Dr. Fisher will examine your earlobes and understand the desired changes and look you’d like to achieve. During a thoughtful consultation, he will cover your options to renew your earlobes and recommend the method and technique for earlobe repair that would best achieve your aesthetic goals.

Earlobe repair is a simple, short procedure that typically requires only local anesthetic. Depending on your needs, different surgical techniques may be used. These techniques can close a wound or an unwanted piercing, repair a split earlobe, detach or attach the earlobes, redistribute tissue, and reshape the earlobe naturally and attractively. Dr. Fisher will choose the right technique based on whether any tissue was lost and how much, and what the nature of the earlobe damage was. 

Significant reconstruction may require small flaps harvested from another area to rebuild the earlobe. Repairing unwanted holes or less significant trauma is a more simple procedure. Dr. Fisher will remove the skin from around the hole and stitch the hole closed.

How Long Will Recovery Take After Earlobe Repair?

The recovery period after earlobe repair is brief. Earlobe repair typically causes minimal trauma. Most patients are able to return to their work or general routine the following day of their surgery. 

You will experience mild pain and discomfort in the area for two to three days as you heal. During this time, keep the sutured area clean and continually apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment to your earlobe.

Patients who would like to pierce their ears again will typically need to wait for three months. When having their ears pierced again, the piercing will need to be done in a slightly different spot than the original piercing was, avoiding scar tissue.

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What Are The Benefits Of Earlobe Repair?

This simple yet effective surgery offers a range of benefits for patients who are struggling with earlobe concerns. Benefits include the following:

  • The procedure is minimally-invasive, requiring only local anesthesia
  • Short procedure time that requires no downtime
  • The recovery period is brief 
  • Effectively restores earlobes that have been torn, stretched or split 
  • Repairs unwanted piercings or gauge holes 
  • Addresses ear attachment concerns (attaches or detaches the earlobes according to your aesthetic desires)
  • Reshapes sagging, elongated, or prominent earlobes
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Who Is A Candidate For Earlobe Repair?

Earlobe surgery is designed for people who would like to repair and restore damaged or disfigured earlobes. Candidates for earlobe repair have experienced earlobe trauma, unwanted piercings, ear changes due to age, or unhappiness about the natural appearance of their earlobes. Ideal candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Are generally in good health 
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not have a history of severe scarring 
  • Do not have previous complications with scarring 
  • Have realistic expectations about what earlobe repair can achieve
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Why Choose Dr. Fisher For Earlobe Repair?

Unusually shaped or damaged ears can become one of the most noticeable parts of the face. In order to correct disfigured or prominent earlobes that catch the eye, it’s important to have a surgeon with extensive experience and training. Dr. Mark Fisher is a fellowship-trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon with specialized training in craniofacial plastic surgery. He is known for his refined, natural-looking results and ability to achieve balanced harmony with the ears or other features. He is dedicated to helping patients improve their quality of life with his procedures, understanding the needs of each patient, and using expert techniques to achieve their desired results. Please call today to set up a consultation with Dr. Fisher and find out what earlobe repair surgery can help you achieve.

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