Earlobe Repair & Reduction
What is earlobe repair and reduction?
Earlobe repair is a simple, in-office procedure to re-shape the lowest portion of your ear. The procedure can be performed for various reasons, but is most commonly done to repair a stretched ear piercing that has enlarged over time. It can also be used to repair an earlobe that’s been completely torn through from an accidental earring tug. Additionally, earlobe reduction is a slightly different technique used to trim long or hanging earlobes that are often present in more mature ears.
Who is a candidate for earlobe repair or reduction?
The procedure is ideal for patients with stretched or torn ear piercings, or those with overly hanging earlobes.
How is an earlobe repair performed?
The earlobe is marked as necessary with a skin marker to confirm the surgical plan. This is followed by injection of numbing medicine and a cleansing of the ear. If necessary, the old piercing scar is removed to permit proper closure. The extra earlobe skin is gently and carefully trimmed away and then the earlobe is closed with sutures. These sutures are either dissolvable or will be removed about 1 week later. Topical antibiotic ointment is applied to the sutures twice daily for the week. No other medications are necessary.
How long does earlobe repair take to heal?
If necessary, sutures will be removed about 7 days following the procedure, however, you can resume your normal daily routine immediately. The ear will heal over the subsequent weeks with little discomfort.
Can I re-pierce my ears after an earlobe repair?
Certainly! And we have the tools in our office to perform it quickly and safely. We generally advise waiting 4-6 weeks after the repair before re-piercing.