Earlobe repair is a simple, in-office procedure used to treat a cleft, notched, or sagging earlobe.
A split earlobe can be present from birth but is more commonly associated with trauma or tension from heavier earrings over time. The earlobe can also sag, and the piercing may enlarge, making it difficult or impractical to wear earrings.
The goal of this type of ear surgery is to restore a natural-appearing and functional earlobe. Frequently, patients will obtain a subsequent piercing once the surgery is complete and has had time to heal.
Treatment and Recovery
The procedure is done in the office under local anesthetic. You will have sutures in place for the first five days, but a dressing will not be required. Mild redness and swelling are to be expected after the surgery, but there is usually very little pain.
Once the site has had time to heal, a re-piercing procedure can be performed. It is necessary to have this step performed by Dr. Thompson, as he will be sure to avoid the incision lines associated with the previous repair.
Earlobe Repair and Piercing FAQs
The procedure is typically performed during a short clinical office visit. The length of time varies slightly based on the extent of the defect and repair.
The results are permanent. However, there is always a small risk of recurrence. This risk increases with continued use of heavier earrings.
Schedule Your Earlobe Repair or Earlobe Piercing Consultation in Denver Today
Dr. Thompson in Denver, CO, is a facial plastic surgeon who specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery. If you want to have a more natural-appearing, functional earlobe, please call (303) 667-1474 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Thompson today!