At Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter recognizes that what once seemed like a sophisticated fashion statement — wearing extremely heavy earrings or ear gauging — can quickly turn into an aesthetic concern, as the earlobes start to suffer from these types of trends. Thankfully, board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Porter offers cosmetic earlobe repair surgery to improve the look of elongated earring holes or torn earlobes.
Why Earlobe Repair Surgery Is Needed
Anyone who can remember the 1980s probably remembers the heavy metal earrings that were popular back then. And if you can remember that trend, perhaps you participated in it and are now suffering the consequences of wearing exceptionally heavy jewelry on your ears: an elongated earring hole or a split earlobe.
A more current trend called “gauging” involves gradually stretching out an earring hole so that it can accommodate a wide, thick, circular earring. In some cases, the earring hole will shrink back to its original size, but in other cases the stretched-out hole remains wide.
In addition, injuries can occur and take a toll on the earlobes. For instance, someone might accidentally yank on a dangling earring, pulling it downward, thereby tearing the earlobe.
In these instances, earlobe repair surgery may be needed to restore the earlobe to its original shape and size. With earlobe repair surgery, Dr. Porter can fix a partially torn earlobe, an elongated earring hole or a completely torn earlobe.
To get an idea of the restorative effects of earlobe repair surgery, please see one of our patient’s before-and-after photos by clicking here.
What to Expect During Earlobe Repair Surgery
The details of earlobe repair surgery vary by person, depending on the patient’s aesthetic concerns and the state of his or her earlobe. During your consultation, Dr. Porter examines your earlobes, listens to your aesthetic concerns and reviews the history of your concerns. Based on this information, she suggests a suitable treatment protocol to satisfy your distinct needs.
In general, earlobe repair surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, with the use of a local anesthetic. To repair a single tear in the earlobe, Dr. Porter excises the intervening scar and sutures the front and back of the ear to repair the tear. (The sutures are removed about one week after surgery.) Dr. Porter can usually correct multiple earlobe tears for a patient in a single sitting.
For patients whose earlobes are missing a large degree of mass and fold over, Dr. Porter may recommend the use of an injectable hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler such as Juvéderm or Restylane. She injects the filler into the area surrounding the piercing to provide the ear with more substance and thus prevent folding.
Recovering From Earlobe Repair Surgery
You should not need to take any time off work or your usual routine following earlobe repair surgery. However, make sure to keep any dressings in place for as long as directed by Dr. Porter, and be extremely cautious in situations in which you might experience contact with your ear.
Your earlobe should be sufficiently healed to withstand a new piercing about two to three months following the procedure. If you have a special event, such as a wedding, reunion or anniversary, in your near future and would like to wear earrings to it, take this amount of time into consideration when planning for your event.
Feel Whole Again
If you would like to mend your earring hole so you can feel whole again, consider undergoing cosmetic earlobe repair surgery. To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Porter to find out more about earlobe repair surgery, contact Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery by calling (301) 652-8191.