What is Earlobe Surgery?
If you have earlobes that have been torn by earrings or trauma or have been intentionally stretched through the body piercing practice known as gauging. wearing earrings could become difficult or cause you distress. The earlobe can be torn by earrings that are heavy, being yanked on by children, being caught in clothing, or more. In some cases, the tears may continue through the bottom of the earlobe, causing a split lobe. Although some earlobe tears may heal over time, they can result in unsightly scars that make it hard to re-pierce the ear or wear earrings. Fortunately, it is possible to repair earlobe piercing holes that have been stretched or split. Dermatologist Dr. Lauren Dozier can carefully plan and create an earlobe surgery strategy according to your current condition and appearance. Call Brickell Cosmetic Center in Miami, FL for more information.
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What Can I Expect from Earlobe Surgery?
The degree of your earlobe tear will help Dr. Dozier determine the type of repair needed. The procedure can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and is done under local anesthesia. The inner lining of the tear will be removed and then the front and back of your ear sutured to repair the tear. You should be able to return to work immediately following the procedure and can take Tylenol or Motrin for any discomfort, although it should be mild. The sutures will be removed about a week after surgery and should be sufficiently healed to withstand a new piercing after about 6 – 8 weeks. The incision should heal well and only leave a faint white line. Silicone-based scar creams are recommended during the healing process.
Repair Torn Earlobes
If you have torn earlobes or no longer wish to have stretched or gauged earlobes, earlobe surgery at Brickell Cosmetic Center could help. This relatively quick and easy procedure can help you get symmetrical earlobes in just under an hour. Whether you decide to pierce your ears again is up to you, but rest assured that if you do, you should have an even and balanced profile. For more information on earlobe surgery, contact dermatologist Dr. Lauren Dozier in Miami, FL.