Are you unhappy with the appearance of your earlobes? Perhaps you have worn heavy earrings and your piercing hole has split, or maybe you have sustained an injury to the ear and your earlobe is in need of repair? If this sounds familiar, then you can benefit from earlobe repair at our Bellevue, WA office! Dr. Gray is highly skilled in earlobe repair techniques to help restore your earlobe appearance, as well as your confidence.
Causes for Earlobe Repair
Earlobe repair is a common procedure performed to repair earlobes that have become split or stretched due to wearing heavy earrings or gauges. Earlobes may also become damaged due to earrings getting caught or pulled on, or trauma to the earlobe. Aging can also cause the lobe to stretch as the skin becomes more lax.
Who is a Good Candidate for Earlobe Repair?
Individuals with torn or stretched ear piercings, or those with very lax earlobes can often benefit from this procedure. Ideal candidates will be in good overall health with realistic expectations for their results. However, if you have a history of keloids or severe scarring, or have extensively stretched earlobes, you may not be a good candidate. To learn more about this procedure and if is right for you, contact our office today to schedule your consultation appointment.
The Earlobe Repair Procedure
The earlobe repair treatment is performed in our office and with a local anesthetic. Dr. Gray will mark the earlobes and then skillfully remove a small amount of skin around the tear. The earlobe will then be sutured back together using a layering technique. A fully split earlobe will require more steps than a small rip will. The treatment can take about an hour, depending on the amount of repair required.
Earlobe Repair Results
Following earlobe repair, you may experience mild discomfort, which can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication. There is usually little to no downtime, depending on the extent of the procedure, so you can feel free to return to regular activities. Dr. Gray will provide you with specific instructions on how to best care for the treated areas. If you want to re-pierce your ear following surgery, we usually recommend waiting at least 1 month to do so.