Ear Lobe Repair
Earlobe repair is quickly becoming one of the most requested procedures in the United States. More and more people are coming in to get their earlobes repaired. In some cases, folks have waited years before seeking earlobe repair. Some have removed their gauges or heavy earrings, the soft tissue has shrunken a bit, but there is still a significant hole.
Elongated earlobe holes, or a split earlobe, can be caused by many things:
- Heavy earrings worn over long periods of time
- Gauges placed in the earlobe, with increasing size, weight and time
- Earrings getting caught and then pulled (typically long earrings snagging a dress or other clothing)
- Children pulling on earrings
- Multiple piercings too close together or too close to the bottom of the lobe
- Sudden trauma
- Ears are an essential part of the face. Any abnormality is immediately noticeable. Enlarged ear holes or split earlobes don’t look aesthetically pleasing.
- Earlobe repair is a day care procedure, and you don’t have to stay back. It takes around an hour for the entire procedure.
- It is a quick, easy and painless way to restore the earlobe permanently.
- You can get an ear piercing again
There is nothing you can do to change your skin type or eliminate gravity.
Use lighter earrings for routine wear. Danglers (ornaments that hang) tend to pull on the ear lobe as they sway, so studs are a better choice as they stay snug to the ear lobe.
Earrings with a thin central staff cut through the skin quicker than with thick stalk.
You need to be more careful if you have thin skin and thin earlobes. Your earholes will probably enlarge early. But do remember that given enough weight all ear holes will expand eventually.
The ear is made up of cartilage covered by the skin on both sides. It is a complicated structure in its 3D orientation whereas the earlobe is soft and devoid of any cartilage support.
The surgery is performed as a daycare procedure at our Clinic.
– Firstly skin marking is done to illustrate the final scar line to you.
– On the procedure chair, the ear is cleaned and infiltrated with a local anaesthetic so that you don’t feel any pain during the procedure.
– The extra skin on the inside edge of the enlarged ear hole or split ear hole is carefully removed preserving the natural contour of the ear.
– The skin on the front and back of the earlobe is approximated with fine sutures or skin glue.
– A small dressing is placed, and you are allowed to go home.
When correctly performed both types of repair can produce fantastic results. Though there are some caveats to either procedure.
The suture-less glue repair may leave a scar that is not flush with the surface of the earlobe. The inwards dipping suture-line catches the light at the wrong angles and creates a shadow along the ridge making the scar very prominent. The incision scar may also widen with time.
On the other hand, sutured repair causes the inconvenience of returning to the clinic for suture removal after seven days but produces a much better and thin scar which is generally flush with the surface of the earlobe.
The reason is that sutures grab the skin as well as the soft tissue inside and hold them together while the tissues heal. Glue approximates the skin surfaces only, and the healing soft tissue beneath the skin shrinks away from each other causing valley like a deep final incision scar.
Most patients return to work the next day, often the same day. Permanent sutures or absorbable sutures may be used for skin closure, depending on the individual case.