Earlobes can be injured due to any number of accidents and/or traumas because they are easily stretched or macerated. Split earlobes commonly occur after long-term use of heavy earrings or accidental traumatic removal after being caught on a mask, brush, or piece of clothing. Earlobe piercings and gauges can stretch the earlobes out. Earlobes can also lengthen as we age. Dr. Harmon uses fine instruments and suture to subtly repair and reshape the earlobes, thereby restoring their youthful length and proportions. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation in concert with other procedures, such as the extended deep plane facelift. Earlobes can typically be re-pierced approximately 2 to 3 months after surgery.
Earlobe Repair Before & After
Am I a good candidate?
Some individuals have concerns about the appearance of their earlobe(s) due to age-related changes, the use of gauges, and/or trauma to the earlobe(s). Earlobe repair can address these concerns.
Most candidates for earlobe repair range in age from 20s to 70s. A consultation is recommended to determine candidacy for the procedure, because there may be factors that preclude this procedure for certain individuals. Reasonable expectations must be established about what earlobe repair can and cannot accomplish as with all plastic surgery procedures.
Recovery from earlobe repair is specific to the individual. The duration of recovery will vary from person to person. The recovery time for earlobe repair is approximately 7 to 10 days for most individuals.
Post-operative swelling and bruising are usually minimal. Post-operative swelling generally greatly improves or resolves in 7 days. Post-operative bruising generally greatly improves or resolves in 7 days.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What type of anesthesia is required?
- Earlobe repair can usually be performed under local anesthesia or under IV sedation. Some individuals may require general anesthesia.
- Can you perform an “earlobe lift” for drooping earlobes?
- Yes. Dr. Harmon can lift a drooping earlobe with a carefully-placed incision that preserves the nature structure and shape of the earlobe.
- If I am having my earlobe repaired due to the use of gauges in my earlobe(s), can the shape of my earlobe(s) be returned to the same shape it/they was/were prior to the placement of gauges?
- It is unlikely that the earlobe(s) can be returned to the same shape it/they was/were before. However, the earlobes can be repaired to create more normal-appearing earlobes. The more the earlobe(s) have been stretched due to gauge use, the less like they will look like the earlobes originally did.