What is Earlobe Repair?
Over time, earlobes tend to naturally elongate. That fact coupled with the use of heavy earrings can lead to a stretched appearance. Others get their earrings inadvertently pulled and they suffer a torn earlobe. In any case, the result is unsightly and inconvenient. Earlobe repair surgery can address these concerns and restore the natural appearance of the earlobes.
Who is a Candidate for Earlobe Repair?
Whether your earlobes are stretched naturally or have been gauged or torn, Dr. Kayastha can repair these stretched and torn earlobe conditions, resulting in a natural-appearing earlobe. Some people choose to have their earlobes dilated by progressively gauging them, a trend that has become more popular in recent years. Also increasing in popularity is the correction of the stretched earlobe condition created by gauging the earlobes. Dr. Kayastha will also repair these gauged earlobes in a similar manner as he would for stretching due to heavy earrings, although the gauged earlobes may initially appear in a more extreme condition.
What Happens During Earlobe Repair?
Earlobe repair is performed in the office with local anesthesia. The techniques used will depend on the extent of earlobe repair required. In some cases, excess drooping tissue can be removed to reshape the earlobe. In the case of a torn earlobe, the two ends can be brought together and stitched.
Earlobe Repair FAQs
How much does it cost to repair a torn earlobe?
The cost of an earlobe repair can range anywhere from $400 to $1,000 per ear.
How long does earlobe repair take to heal?
Earlobe repair usually only takes a few days or so to heal. You may experience some minor swelling or discomfort during this time.
How do you fix a torn earlobe?
A torn earlobe can be repaired with a minor surgical procedure.
Can earring holes be repaired?
Yes, a stretched or torn earring hole can be fixed with an earlobe repair surgery.
Does earlobe repair surgery hurt?
Earlobe repair is done under local anesthesia. It is a fairly simple procedure that should only result in some mild discomfort or swelling during recovery.
Does insurance pay for earlobe repair?
Insurance doesn’t usually cover earlobe repair surgery when done purely for cosmetic reasons. Consult with your surgeon and insurance company to see if your procedure can be covered.
Will a split earlobe repair itself?
Once the earlobe has split and scar tissue has formed it cannot repair itself naturally. Only an earlobe repair surgery can fix the split.
Who can fix a torn earlobe?
Dermatological surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, and ENT doctors are the most qualified to perform an earlobe repair surgery.
What can I expect after earlobe surgery?
The downtime needed for this minor surgery is minimal. You may experience some swelling, bruising, numbness, or mild discomfort that should diminish after a few days.
How can I close my ear hole naturally?
Some suggest that rubbing vitamin E or jojoba oil on the earlobes can help close any holes. However, the most effective solution is earlobe repair surgery.
Can earlobes be made smaller?
Yes, an earlobe surgery can repair damaged earlobes or make them smaller.
What will my Recovery be Like?
Because earlobe repair is a very minor procedure, recovery only takes a few days. Patients can expect very minor discomfort and swelling that should diminish in the next few days. Once fully healed, patients can even choose to have their new earlobes re-pierced.
For more information on earlobe repair and how you can benefit, schedule your consultation with Dr. Kayastha in Latham.