Dermatology, Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in New York City (NYC) and Manhattan
If your earlobes have been torn or stretched due to an injury or long-term use of heavy earrings, you may be a candidate for earlobe repair. This procedure can reduce the size of earlobes that have been stretched from years of wearing heavy jewelry, or it can repair earlobes that have been torn or split.
If you are interested in learning more about earlobe repair, call us today at (888) 610-3133 to schedule an initial consultation with our board-certified New York plastic surgeon.
Types of Earlobe Problems
There are many different reasons you might consider earlobe repair. Some of the specific earlobe problems that require surgical repair include:
- Earlobe splits – Sometimes, an incomplete tear in the earlobe starts at the location of the original piercing, and then continues downward, resulting in a hole too large to hold ear studs. We can help close this split.
- Earlobe tears – When an earlobe has torn all the way through, we will cut away the healed skin on the inside of the tear, and then suture the edges to allow your earlobe to heal back together. Scars from earlobe tears are almost always imperceptible after surgery.
- Earlobe abnormalities – Your earlobes may be unusually large because of a hereditary abnormality. If your earlobe is elongated and “fleshy” we can decrease its overall size to make it better fit your overall appearance.
Earlobe reduction is sometimes performed in conjunction with a face lift procedure to improve the overall proportions of the face and neck area.
The Earlobe Repair Procedure
Earlobe repair is performed in our office under local anesthesia. Our plastic surgeon will work with you to decide which technique is most appropriate to provide the most natural and symmetrical results.
Sutures are usually removed after five to seven days. In most cases, ears can be re-pierced three months after surgery. However, you should be careful not to re-pierce your ear in the scar, or just above the scar, since the tissue of your scar will be weaker than the surrounding tissue. Instead, you will need to place the new piercing very slightly to the right or left of the scar.
We can perform re-piercing for you at an additional charge.
If you have further questions about earlobe repair, please contact JUVA Skin & Laser Center today or call (888) 610-3133 to schedule an initial consultation with our experienced New York plastic surgeon. We serve patients throughout Manhattan and New York City.