Split or torn earlobes can result from acute trauma or develop from long-term use of heavy earrings. Whether you need medical treatment to repair an earlobe injury or desire cosmetic treatment for stretched lobes, Dr. Falcon can assist you to restore the appearance of your ears.
Split earlobe surgery or earlobe reduction is a relatively simple procedure that can be done with local anesthesia. If there is a tear in the earlobe, the torn edges will be carefully trimmed and sutured together. Dr. Falcon will carefully measure the treated ear to make sure the ears are symmetrical in size and shape.
Stretched earlobes or gauge repair can be done by removing a small triangle-shaped piece of tissue from the earlobe. The edges are pulled back together and sutured to tighten the skin and restore the appearance of a smooth, rounded lobe.
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There is a minimal recovery period after split earlobe repair. After the procedure, your ears will be numb for about 2 hours until the local anesthetic wears off. Patients may experience mild discomfort or a burning sensation for 1-2 days, but it can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication. You will be given antibiotic ointment that should be applied regularly to the sutures.
Be careful not to submerge your ears in water until the sutures are removed. Sleep with your head elevated and avoid lifting, bending, and strenuous activity for one week to minimize swelling. Your ears should be fully healed in about 6 weeks. After that time, the ears can be re-pierced if desired, but the piercing holes should be placed in a slightly different location to avoid scar tissue.
There are many instances where your health insurance will cover the repair for a torn earlobe. At your appointment, we will discuss whether your split ear meets criteria for insurance approval.
If you have damage to your earlobes or want to reverse the effects of gauged ears and piercings, schedule an appointment with Dr. Falcon for split earlobe repair in Pittsburgh. Our offices are located just outside of Pittsburgh and only 16 miles from Greensburg.