Daniel Y. Maman, MD FACS

Earlobe Repair

What is Earlobe Repair?

Earlobe repair procedures are performed to repair torn, split, or stretched earlobes resulting from accidents, injury, or wearing heavy earrings for a prolonged period.

Stretched and deformed earlobes from gauge piercings can also be repaired and restored to their former shape through an earlobe repair. If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of a stretched, enlarged, or torn earlobe, you are likely a candidate for an earlobe repair procedure.

How Does It Work?

During an earlobe repair, Dr. Maman first injects the earlobe with a local anesthetic to numb the area. The specific technique that Dr. Maman then uses to repair and reconstruct your torn earlobes depends on the extent and complexity of the concern.

In most cases, Dr. Maman removes any scar tissue from the earlobe that would otherwise prevent the repair from healing smoothly. Once the scar tissue is removed, Dr. Maman uses fine sutures to close the earlobe.

Results and Recovery

Recovery following an earlobe repair is very easy. On the day of your earlobe repair procedure, you will go home with a small piece of gauze covering the repaired area. After the first day you are not required to continue covering the area with gauze, however you should keep the repaired site clean and apply triple antibiotic ointment daily.

It is advised that you do not sleep on your ears or place any pressure on the repaired area until the sutures are removed after about one week following your earlobe repair. You can resume normal exercise and activity almost immediately after your earlobe repair. While it is ok to shower 24 hours after, you are advised not to submerge the surgical site in a bath or swimming pool until a few days after your sutures are removed.

Earlobe repair surgery is a simple procedure that takes between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on the number of piercings to repair, and the extent of damage to the earlobe. Patients can return to work immediately thereafter and may work out normally the following day.
Dr. Maman can re-pierce your ears 4-6 weeks after an earlobe repair procedure.

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