About Earlobe Repair
Earlobe repair surgery addresses and repairs earlobes that have been stretched, deformed, torn, or split. Damaged earlobes are very common among New York men and women due to ear piercing and earring wear. Earlobe surgery is becoming increasingly popular because it is a short procedure that can make a big aesthetic impact on patients.
Earrings are one of the most common contributors to earlobe damage. While they are a popular way to express one’s style, these fashion statements sometimes have damaging consequences to the ears. This is especially true of earrings that are heavy, or if the wearer is overly sensitive to piercings. Over time, or due to trauma, earlobes can become elongated or split into two by earrings. Large ear piercings such as gauges, or other types of ear accessories, can also significantly stretch out the delicate earlobe tissue.
Earlobe surgery can repair:
- Drooping or sagging earlobes
- Natural earlobe deformities
- Earlobe deformities or scarring due to trauma, infection or piercing
- Enlarged or stretched earlobe holes
- Torn earlobes
If you are unhappy by the stretched or split earlobe appearance, Dr. Mahmood offers earlobe repair surgery at her Union Square office, to restore a natural and symmetric lobe appearance.
Earlobe Repair Surgery
Earlobe surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes about 30 minutes. To begin the procedure, Dr. Mahmood applies local anesthesia to numb the area around the earlobe. Next, Dr. Mahmood repairs the earlobe using a number of techniques determined by the patient’s specific damage (such as stretched, torn or split earlobes). The repair requires sutures which are meticulously placed to achieve a natural shape.
Recovery & Aftercare
There is no downtime for earlobe repair surgery. After the procedure, patients are advised to keep the site of the repair clean, and avoid applying any pressure on the earlobe. Some mild discomfort is normal and can typically be managed without pain medication.
Normal activity such as showering and exercise can resume within 24 hours of your procedure. Patients should not submerge the surgical site until the area is fully healed and sutures are removed.
Surgical sutures are removed one week after the procedure and patients should wait 8-12 weeks before re-piercing their ears to prevent poor scarring or earlobe injury.
Additional Earlobe Conditions
Abnormal earlobe scars, or keloid scars, can also be addressed with surgery. These raised scars form in pierced areas or due to an injury to the lobe. T
Earlobe keloid scars can be particularly prominent and can be firm to the touch. Aside from being cosmetically bothersome and causing emotional distress, these scars can be painful and itchy.
During your consultation Dr. Mahmood will determine the best treatment option to remove the keloid, reconstruct the earlobe, and prevent the keloid from recurring.
Earlobe Surgery Cost NYC
Earlobe repair cost varies on a patient-by-patient basis. Dr. Mahmood is committed to helping her Union Square patients achieve the best possible surgical outcome, so every case begins with a comprehensive consultation where she examines the patient’s ears and outlines surgery costs and considerations.
Contact us today to book your earlobe surgery consultation with Dr. Mahmood – a Board Certified, double Ivy League-trained, Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon practicing in Union Square, NY.