Earlobe repair surgery is done to correct torn, drooping or distended earlobes. It differs from otoplasty or ear surgery done to correct oversized, protruding or misshapen ears. This procedure is fairly common. Since the earlobe consists only of fat and skin, it is more easily torn or otherwise damaged than those parts of the ear bolstered by thick cartilage.
Earrings are a common cause of torn earlobes. The patient may have simply worn earrings that were too heavy, or someone, often a child, may have pulled on the earring. Dangling earrings often get caught on things, which can also result in a torn lobe. Piercing the ears can also lead to torn lobes, especially if the piercing is too low.
What Does Earlobe Repair Involve?
Earlobe repair can describe several different procedures. In some cases, our surgeon will have to repair a split or torn earlobe, while in others, they will have to correct a drooping or distended earlobe.
In the case of a drooping or distended earlobe, our surgeon may reduce the size of the earlobe by removing some of the sagging skin. Drooping earlobes can also be caused by a decline in the body’s production of collagen, which leads to loose, sagging skin.
The exact procedure used for repairing torn earlobes will depend on the size of the tear. For example, if the tear goes all the way through to the bottom of the earlobe, the two halves may be stitched back together.
What Can I Expect?
Our physician will give you detailed information on what to expect from earlobe repair. We will also provide you with information on how to properly care for your ear after the procedure is finished.
It may take several weeks for your ear to heal completely, so you should not wear earrings until then. Similarly, our specialist may advice that you wait several weeks after the repair before getting your ear re-pierced. Once you do, you should first only wear small studs and avoid anything heavy enough to reopen the tear. Patients should remember that a repaired earlobe will be weaker and more vulnerable to tearing than an earlobe that was never damaged.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Earlobe Repair?
Almost any adult in good overall health will be a good candidate for earlobe repair. If you are unsure if you are a good candidate, we can help you decide if this procedure is right for you during your consultation with us at Westover Hills Dermatology in San Antonio. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment and learn more.