At Accurate Aesthetics, Dr. Katherine Hein understands that what once seemed like a sophisticated or modern fashion trend — such as wearing very heavy earrings or ear gauging — may soon be transformed into a cosmetic concern, as the earlobes begin to suffer from such fads. Fortunately, the plastic surgeon performs earlobe repair cosmetic surgery for individuals in Boston, Wellesley and Sudbury to improve the appearance of torn earlobes or excessively elongated earring holes.
Why Earlobe Repair Surgery Becomes Necessary
Individuals who came of age in the 1980s most likely remember the hefty metal earrings that were in fashion back then. If you are familiar with the heavy earring trend, you might also have participated in it. If this is the case, you may now be suffering the consequences, which often include split earlobes or severely elongated earring holes.
A more current fashion trend involves “ear gauging,” which entails gradually expanding an earring hole, so that it can accommodate a thick, broad circular earring. Sometimes, the earring hole will eventually shrink back to a smaller size once the earring is removed; however, more often, the expanded hole remains stretched out.
Aside from fashion trends that can damage the earlobe, injuries to this area can occur. For example, someone may yank on a dangling earring on accident, thereby causing a tear in the earlobe.
Under these circumstances, earlobe repair surgery may become necessary to repair the earlobe and restore its original size and shape. With earlobe repair surgery, Dr. Hein can repair an elongated earring hole, a moderately torn earlobe or a fully torn earlobe.
The Earlobe Repair Procedure
The exact details of earlobe repair surgery may vary by patient, depending on the state of the person’s earlobe and the complexity of his or her cosmetic concerns. During consultation, Dr. Hein assesses the earlobes and listens to your cosmetic concerns before recommending an appropriate treatment plan to meet the patient’s unique needs.
Earlobe surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis, with the use of a local anesthetic. To fix a single earlobe tear, Dr. Katherine Hein removes the intervening scar and places stitches in the front and back of the ear to fix the tear. (The stitches are removed about a week following the procedure.) The plastic surgeon can usually repair multiple earlobe tears for a patient in one visit.
For individuals with earlobes that are missing a significant degree of mass, causing the earlobes to fold over, Dr. Katherine Hein may advise the use of an injectable dermal filler, such as hyaluronic acid-based Juvéderm or Restylane. She injects the dermal filler into the region surrounding the earring hole to provide added substance to the ear to prevent folding.
The Earlobe Repair Recovery Process
Patients undergoing earlobe repair surgery should not need to take any time off their jobs or everyday schedule. However, they should keep any dressings in place until Dr. Hein advises that it is safe to remove them. They should also be very cautious in situations in which they might experience contact with the treatment area(s).
About two to three months following the procedure, the earlobe should be sufficiently healed to withstand a new piercing, if the patient desires one. Individuals who would like to wear earrings to an upcoming special event, such as a reunion or a wedding, should plan accordingly.
Feel Complete Again
To schedule a private consultation with Dr. Hein to find out more about how earlobe repair can help you regain your confidence, contact Accurate Aesthetics by calling (877) 603-7874 toll-free.
Why You Should Select Accurate Aesthetics for your Earlobe Repair Surgical Procedure
Dr. Katherine Hein is among the top cosmetic surgeons in the Boston, Wellesley and Sudbury area. As a Harvard trained board-certified plastic surgeon and Medical Director of Accurate Aesthetics Plastic Surgery, Dr. Hein has helped thousands of satisfied patients achieve their cosmetic surgical face and body enhancements goals.
When you select Accurate Aesthetics Plastic Surgery for your earlobe repair procedure you can be reassured of a close personal relationship with Dr. Hein and her professional staff.
- Additional Reasons to Select Accurate Aesthetics
- One-on-one consultation with Dr. Hein, follow-up appointments after surgery, and availability by telephone for your questions.
- Availability of a fully certified operating room in-office for your comfort and privacy.
- The exclusive use of a certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) on each case to keep your surgery time shorter and safer.
- The use of a board-certified MD anesthesiologist or a certified nurse anesthetist(CRNA) on each sedation case where sedation or general anesthesia is used (most plastic surgeons generally use a nurse anesthetist).
- Consultation fee is deducted from cost of any major surgery.
- One surgical compression garment is provided free for each surgery, as needed.
- Free Arnica Montana (pharmaceutical grade) anti bruising and swelling regimen with appropriate surgical procedures.
- Free general skincare session with a medical esthetician after any major surgical procedure.