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Pull Your Hair Back And Wear Earrings Again

The ears are very susceptible to damage and injury, as the cartilage is thin and fragile. If damage occurs, it can lead to an asymmetrical face shape with uneven proportions. For these reasons, earlobe repair has become a very common cosmetic procedure in the United States. Earlobe repair surgery can be performed on patients who have suffered an injury to the ear, have a hole or split in the earlobe or were born with abnormally-shaped or proportioned earlobes.

Reasons For Earlobe Repair

Patients can suffer from both elongated earlobe holes or a split earlobe. These issues can be caused by many things:

  • Heavy earrings worn over long periods of time

  • Gauges in the earlobes that have increased in weight or size over time

  • Earrings getting caught and then pulled

  • Children pulling on earrings

  • Multiple piercings that have been placed too close to the bottom of the earlobe or too close together

  • Sudden trauma

There are other reasons a patient may want earlobe repair:

  • Earlobes that have been too small or too large since birth

  • Have overly elongated earlobes or keloids

  • Correcting congenital earlobe abnormalities

  • Reconstructing the earlobe after trauma, injury, skin cancer treatment

  • Fixing earlobe changes resulting from body art procedures

  • Resist wearing earrings because ears are disproportionate or asymmetrical

  • Resist certain hair cuts or hair styles that draw attention to their ears

Torn or stretched earlobes can be easily corrected with earlobe repair surgery. By reshaping the ear lobes, patients can enjoy a more symmetrical facial appearance. Dr. Ghaznavi is pleased to offer earlobe repair surgery as an effective treatment option for patients seeking to address aesthetic issues pertaining to one or both earlobes.

Earlobe Repair Procedure

Earlobe repair is a very simple procedure, and typically only takes one hour to complete. This procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia in our Herndon, VA office. The procedure will vary from patient to patient based on their goals and needs, but generally follows a few key steps. First, the earlobe is cleaned and anesthetized, and any excess skin is removed. Then, tissue may be rotated or repositioned, based on your individual needs. Dr. Ghaznavi then will carefully close the wound. Once the incision site has healed, the scarring is not noticeable, and patients enjoy natural-looking results.

Earlobe Repair Recovery

The recovery process following an earlobe procedure is easy with minimal discomfort. Most patients can resume normal activities either the day of or the day after their earlobe repair procedure. Dr. Ghaznavi may use permanent sutures or absorbable sutures to heal any incisions. Patients may experience some swelling, bruising and minor discomfort, but these symptoms will subside after a few weeks. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used as needed to control soreness.

Patients should refrain from wearing turtlenecks or placing their phone to their earlobe for a week after earlobe surgery. Additionally, they should stay away from excessive sun exposure and abrasive soaps while they allow their earlobes to completely heal.

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Re-piercing After Earlobe Repair

Once the earlobe has completely healed, most patients will be able to re-pierce their ears, but should avoid heavy earrings that could stretch or damage the earlobe.  Typically, we ask our patients to wait at least three months before re-piercing their ears and that the new piercing is at least 3mm from the old piercing site.


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