If your earlobes have become damaged after years of wearing earrings, Dr. Shareef Jandali can perform earlobe repair surgery at his practice serving Westport, Fairfield, Norwalk and Greater Fairfield County.
Partially or completely torn earlobes can be a nuisance. If partially torn and stretched out, the piercing hole does not hold the earring properly, making it almost impossible to wear stud earrings. If the piercing has completely torn or worn through, earrings can't be worn at all. Incompletely torn earlobes can occur over time just from wearing heavy earrings. Torn earlobes usually occur as a result of trauma, typically due to the earrings being pulled on or getting caught on something. Many women have stretched or torn earlobes for years without knowing that these minor imperfections can be repaired with a minor office procedure. The repair technique freshens up the edges and then sutures the two sides back together. Earlobe repair at our Westport-area practice is performed under local anesthesia and there is minimal pain and recovery. The stitches stay in for about 2 weeks and the ears can be re-pierced 2-3 months after repair.
Gauge earlobe piercings dilate and stretch the earlobes beyond their capacity, so that when gauge earrings are removed, the skin is unable to snap back into place. The chronically stretched earlobes need to be surgically repaired to restore their previous size and shape. This procedure is performed with local anesthesia in our office procedure room. The excess and stretched skin and tissue are removed and the earlobe is sutured back together in its original shape. The stitches are removed after two weeks. The earlobes can be re-pierced 2-3 months after repair.
Earlobes come in all sizes and shapes. Some people are born with larger than average earlobes and this makes them self-conscious about their appearance. They will often alter their hair style to try to cover up their earlobes. Sometimes the earlobes stretch and become elongated with aging, and this can be bothersome to the patient and noticeable to others. Earlobe reduction is a procedure that removes a portion of the earlobe to reduce its size. This can be done if the earlobe is too wide, too long, or both.
If the earlobe is too wide, the incision can be placed in one of two places. It can be placed vertically in the middle of the earlobe, with a wedge taken out of this area to decrease the width of the earlobe. This is a good option in women who wear earrings, because the scar will often be covered up by the earrings once the incision is healed. The other option is to take out a wedge from the front part of the earlobe, where it attaches to the side of the cheek. This hides the incision along a natural skin crease. The choice of incision will be discussed during the consultation. If the earlobe is too long, the incision is made along the lower border of the earlobe, but is hidden slightly on the back side. This incision allows shortening of the earlobe in a symmetrical fashion.
The procedure takes about 1 hour and is performed under local anesthesia in the office procedure room. Post-operative pain is minimal and the sutures are removed within two weeks after surgery.
If you have split earlobes, gauge earlobes, or excessively large/stretched earlobes, come visit our plastic surgery office in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Call 203-374-0310 to set up an appointment with Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shareef Jandali. We look forward to seeing you!