Am I a candidate for earlobe plastic surgery?
Anyone who has stretched or damaged earlobes is a potential candidate for earlobe repair surgery. Candidates should let their surgeon know if they have any conditions that may complicate their procedure.
Can my stretched earlobes tighten naturally?
In some cases where the damage to the earlobe was done recently (within a few weeks), and the injury is minor, the earlobe may heal naturally. Natural healing is more likely to occur in younger patients.
Once a month has passed after the injury, the earlobe is unlikely to continue to heal and may get worse (especially if an injury is aggravated by wearing earrings). In those cases, ear surgery is required to correct the issues.
If you want to know if you need earlobe repair surgery, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Boll.
How long until I can get my ears pierced after ear repair surgery?
Most patients can get their ears re-pierced after about six weeks. Patients should only re-pierce their ears once the tissues have fully healed.
How can I prepare for earlobe repair?
Before undergoing earlobe surgery, patients should avoid alcohol and blood thinners for at least three to six days before the operation. Other herbal supplements or medications that can make bleeding worse should also be avoided to prevent complications during the procedure.
Are there any side effects of earlobe repair?
Earlobe plastic surgery, like other cosmetic surgical procedures, has some risk of complications. Complications are rare and usually minor, but the risk cannot be entirely eliminated.
Potential earlobe repair risks can include the following:
- Minor nerve damage
- Unwanted scarring
- Allergic reaction to anesthesia
- Asymmetrical earlobes
Will my earlobe repair results be permanent?
For most patients, the healed tissues will remain intact for the rest of their lives. An earlobe repair surgery can leave the healed tissues slightly weaker than the original earlobe. Patients should take care to ensure new injuries do not occur over time.