Do you have ear lobes that have been damaged by earrings or wish to reverse ear lobe stretching due to a piercing? Earlobe repair can correct torn, ripped, drooping and stretched-out earlobes. Our Physicians at High Valley Dermatology in Idaho Falls can help.
Earlobe surgery is a simple in office procedure that can take thirty minutes to a hour and is done with local anesthesia. Depending on the severity of the tear or drooping, reconstruction may reduce the size of the ear lobe. Healing typically takes 2-3 weeks and the ear may be pierced after 2-3 months.
If the lobe is fully split as a result of trauma, we start by removing the damaged ear piercing tract and suturing together the outer and inner layers of skin as well as the fatty tissue in between. There may be some minimal discomfort after your procedure, which can be treated with over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication. The sutures are usually removed after about ten days. Make sure you keep the area clean and dry. Applying Vaseline or a topical antibiotic ointment is also recommended for optimal healing.