Earlobe Repair

Exclusively Faces Cosmetic Surgery
Matthew Karen, MD F.A.C.S.
Cosmetic Surgery located in Winchester, VA

Split, torn, or stretched earlobes can cause social anxiety by affecting your appearance, as well as taking away your ability to wear earrings. Dr. Matthew Karen can restore your earlobes, thus improving your appearance and recharging your self-confidence. His practice, Exclusively Faces, Cosmetic Surgery offers cutting-edge surgical precision in a relaxed setting for people in and around Winchester, Virginia. If you’re dissatisfied with the way your earlobes look, call the practice to book an appointment with Dr. Karen today.


Earlobe Repair Q&A

What are the common causes of earlobe deformity or damage?

Earlobes get deformed or torn because of trauma or excessive stretching due to cosmetic piercing. As you age, your skin loses its elasticity, causing the pierced hole to stretch excessively. The most common causes of earlobe deformity are:

  • Wearing stretchers or ear gauges
  • Wearing heavy earrings over an extended period
  • Babies pulling on the earrings
  • Earlobe trauma

Earlobe repair is a simple cosmetic procedure, and men or women of all ages who have one or more of the above conditions are the right candidates for earlobe repair surgery.

What happens during earlobe repair surgery?

Earlobe surgery is a short, in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia.

Dr. Karen first prepares and stabilizes your earlobe for surgery. He then carefully trims the margins around the pierced hole or torn part of the lobe to create a natural-looking curvature. Lastly, he stitches the skin carefully with very fine sutures.

The whole procedure takes 20-30 minutes.

What can I expect after the surgery?

Dr. Karen applies a small dressing on the incision site after the repair. There may be some redness, minor swelling or bruising at the site, but it goes away very quickly. You can go home immediately after the surgery and resume your daily routine in a day or two.

Slight pain at the site is normal, and Dr. Karen may prescribe a mild analgesic. The sutures can be absorbable without further medical care, or they may require removal after 7-10 days. The earlobes usually heal with minimal scarring, and if you so desire, Dr. Karen can repierce them 4-6 weeks after the surgery.

Are the results of earlobe repair permanent?

The results of the earlobe repair are more or less permanent. If you have repierced the lobes after the surgery and wear heavy jewelry very frequently, or experience trauma to earlobes, there is a possibility of requiring additional surgery.

Dr. Karen will advise you about all the necessary precautions to lessen the chances of you needing a second repair.

Is the surgery safe?

As with any surgery, earlobe surgery does present some risks. Dr. Karen and the office staff go over all of the possible complications and risks associated with it before the procedure.

Some of the risks include:

  • A depressed scar
  • Inferior notching of the lobe
  • Infection and recurrence

If you’re looking for newly refreshed, natural-looking earlobes, call to schedule an appointment with board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Karen today.