Earlobe Repair

Whether as a result of aging, genetics, extensive wear of heavy earnings or accidents, distorted earlobes can make one self-conscious about their overall appearance, especially from the side profile. 

What is earlobe repair?

Earlobes can become stretched or torn due to the prolonged use of heavy earrings or due to an accident. Gauge piercings can result in even more pronounced distortion of the earlobe. The earlobe can be restored to its original shape by performing an earlobe repair procedure.

Who is a good candidate for earlobe repair?

If you have a torn or stretched earlobe due to any reason and desire to restore it to its original shape, you are most likely a candidate for this procedure. Therefore, there is no specific chronological age during your adult life when you should have an ear lobe repair procedure. The best candidates are ones that are well balanced, in good general health, and possess realistic expectations.

The procedure

Dr. Motakis performs earlobe repair surgery under local anesthesia, with the procedure taking less than one hour, depending on its complexity. The techniques Dr. Motakis uses vary from patient to patient depending on the degree and type of injury.  For split or torn earlobes, fresh tissue is exposed and is then sutured at the edges with high precision, therefore meshing together while keeping scarring at a minimum. For stretched, droopy or sagging earlobes, Dr. Motakis removes the excess skin behind the earlobe to restore a normal and natural looking ear shape.

What is the recovery period for earlobe repair?

You will receive instructions from Dr. Motakis concerning caring for your incisions while you recover from this procedure. Most patients can return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure. Initially, you should expect a few days of minor swelling with minimal discomfort which is treated with mild analgesics such as Tylenol. Dr. Motakis can re-pierce your ears approximately 5-6 weeks after the procedure.

What are the risk factors of earlobe repair?

Dr. Motakis makes every effort to execute the procedure in the most meticulous way, however, as with any surgery, recurrence of the tear, unfavorable healing and infection are among the risks of earlobe repair surgery, although these are extremely rare. The list of all possible risks will be discussed in detail during your consult and pre-operative appointment with Dr. Motakis and his team.

Are there any alternatives to earlobe repair?

Currently, there are no alternative procedures for earlobe repair.  However, in some cases where the earlobe has deflated with aging or the ear piercing has become slightly large, the injection of hyaluronic acid fillers such as Belotero © can be used to plump the earlobe and tighten the piercing.

Can earlobe repair be combined with other surgeries?

Many of Dr. Motakis’ patients combine their earlobe repair procedure with other cosmetic procedures offered at the clinic. These procedures frequently include other facial procedures such as chin augmentation, facelift, rhinoplasty, or submental liposuction to name a few.

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