Serving Orange County: Newport Beach and Fullerton, CA
Earlobe repair for a torn or stretched earlobe is a specialty at my Newport Beach and Fullerton offices in Orange County. Over time, a pierced earlobe can become stretched due to oversized or heavy earrings, resulting in a large opening that may even tear completely through the lobe. Often, a torn earlobe can result from trauma, such as having an earring pulled by a child or caught on clothing. Whether you have a partial tear or a complete tear, I can repair the torn earlobe to create a smooth, natural contour to the ear again.
I also focus on repair of stretched earlobes caused by wearing ear discs or “gauges.” Often, younger patients who have worn these for years are looking for a way to repair the appearance of their ears so that they have better job prospects, are able to enlist in the military, or can move on to a new phase of life.
Is This You?
Here are some of the common reasons I hear about why a person is considering earlobe repair:
Please contact us online or call 949-759-0980 today to schedule a torn or stretched earlobe consultation at my Newport Beach or Fullerton plastic surgery offices in Orange County. Along with my supportive staff, I am committed to helping you reach your cosmetic goals and I will take the time necessary during your consultation to give you my recommendations and educate you about all your options.
My specially developed surgical repair techniques create a smooth, uninterrupted earlobe contour for people who have a complete or partial tear or who want to repair stretched earlobes from gauges.
– Dr. Savalia
Stretched and Torn Earlobe Repair
This procedure can be performed in my office in as little as 45 minutes using local anesthesia. Commonly, the earlobe will be partially torn, so that the hole has enlarged, but not torn all the way through the earlobe. I can also repair completely torn earlobes.
During the procedure, I will “freshen” the edges of the torn lobe by removing a small amount of skin. Then, using fine sutures, such as those used in a facelift, I meticulously repair the earlobe to reconstruct a normal, rounded shape with no notching.
You will be able to return home immediately after the procedure, with a small bandage covering your stitches. The stitches stay in for 10 days and I ask patients to return to the office after a few months so that I can re-pierce the ear in the best location to avoid additional stretching or tearing.
A Specialized Surgical Approach for Gauges
When the earlobes are significantly stretched out from disc-style earrings, it is not effective to simply trim the hanging skin and sew it back together. This approach will create a distorted earlobe that is long, thin, and pointy.
Instead, I use a z-plasty technique that stitches the earlobe back together in an overlapping pattern that is designed to maintain a smooth border. This approach results in no scar on the entire border of the earlobe for a more natural appearance. All scarring is contained within the body of the earlobe, where it is much less noticeable, especially as scars lighten over time.
For more information on earlobe repair, I encourage you to contact us online today.