Repair Stretched or Torn Earlobes & Improve Ear Proportions
Earlobe Repair & Reduction in Fargo, ND
Earlobe repair and reduction surgery is usually performed to fix torn, stretched, or damaged earlobes often caused by an acute trauma or chronic injury from heavy jewelry. Over time, the hole from a piercing can enlarge resulting in an unsatisfactory appearance when wearing earrings. The earlobe may even tear resulting in a cleft in the earlobe making it impossible to wear earrings. Earlobe surgery may be performed if the patient is not satisfied with the current position of a piercing and would like it moved to a new location. Earlobes can also elongate with age and a surgical earlobe reduction can be an option for those who seek a more restorative look to their ears. An earlobe reduction is commonly performed in addition to other facial procedures such as a face or neck lift.
FAQ: Earlobe Repair/Reduction
What are the risks to earlobe repair/reduction surgery?
- All surgical procedures carry some risk and earlobe repair/reduction surgery is no different. However, when earlobe repair/reconstruction surgery is performed correctly the complications are infrequent and usually minor. As with any procedure, infection is a risk. Usually this can be adequately treated with antibiotics or, rarely, require a second procedure to drain the infected area.
How long is the recovery from earlobe repair/reduction surgery?
- After the earlobe repair/reduction procedure, most patients don’t need significant pain medication, but if necessary, an over-the-counter medication like Tylenol should be adequate. Dressings are not necessary, but a thin layer of antibiotic ointment such as Bacitracin can be applied for the first week. Patients can return to most of their usual activities almost immediately after surgery. This includes showering and shampooing. Sutures are usually removed in about a week for any of the earlobe procedures and the earlobes should not be re-pierced for approximately 2-3 months after the surgery.
Who are good candidates for earlobe repair/reduction surgery?
Any patient with a torn earlobe is likely a candidate for repair. Surgery can be performed immediately following an injury or delayed until the wound has healed and the earlobe tissue is no longer inflamed. Also, patients who are unhappy with the position of their ear piercing or the size of their earlobes are likely good candidates for earlobe repair/reconstruction surgery as well.
How much does earlobe repair/reduction cost in North Dakota?
- The cost of earlobe repair/reconstruction can vary. After your consultation with Dr. Adams, we will provide a detailed cost estimate, and will also discuss payment methods, scheduling, and financing options. In general, price shopping for surgery isn’t recommended. It is best to choose a plastic surgeon that you are comfortable with, trust, and one that has the proper training from an accredited plastic surgery training program. Visit our Financing & Fees page to learn more.