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Earlobe Repair in Philadelphia

While it may seem like a relatively minor problem, thousands of people with pierced ears have torn earlobes that often require cosmetic correction. Furthermore, the popularity of other types of body piercing, such as gauge ear stretching, certainly has increased the number of cases. Torn earlobes are actually fairly common, and can result from the regular wearing of heavy earrings, gauges or disks, ear jewelry becoming snagged on sweaters, hairbrushes, or even the acts of playing children.

Earlobe tears

An actual lobe tear may present as a partial or a full-thickness tear that completely splits the earlobe. Torn earlobes are not only painful, but can also be disturbing to patients from a cosmetic standpoint. These types of injuries, depending on their severity, are unattractive and embarrassing.

What is the procedure?

The surgical repair of a torn earlobe is a fairly simple process, and the procedure usually lasts about thirty minutes. The procedure begins with a local anesthetic injected into the earlobe to numb the area. Depending upon the severity of the tear, there are several means of repair.

Partial wounds are treated by excising the affected area and closing the hole with a re-suturing technique. Total lobe tears require more surgery, and are corrected by repairing the borders of the tear and using sutures on the ear.

Candidates for earlobe repair

Various life choices or accidents can lead to the need for earlobe repair surgery, including:

  • Stretched earlobes from gauge or disk earrings
  • Stretched earlobes from heavy earrings
  • Torn earlobes from children or an earring caught on clothing
  • Large, long, or thick earlobes that appear unsightly
  • A traumatic event that affected the earlobe
  • Uneven earlobes

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Earlobe correction

In some cases, earlobe repair is performed to correct overly long or oddly-shaped earlobes. Surgery can be performed to create more nicely-formed earlobes, removing excess tissue. Earlobes can be damaged by trauma, be irregular in shape, or be so thick that they protrude. Any aesthetic problem associated with earlobes can be resolved with the help of acclaimed facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Corrado.

Earlobe reconstruction can also be performed on extreme piercings where individuals intentionally stretched or disfigured the lobes with body piercing techniques. Furthermore, many people are born with very large or deformed earlobes. These conditions can also be corrected with a cosmetic procedure.

Why choose Dr. Corrado for earlobe repair?

While earlobe repair is a minor surgery, you want the result to be as close to perfect as possible. Dr. Corrado is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and widely regarded as being one of the finest surgeons practicing in the Philadelphia region. His clinic was built to provide a superior patient experience, and is the chosen location for discerning patients throughout Cherry Hill, South Jersey, and Philadelphia.

Every facial plastic surgery, from earlobe repair to complex nose reshaping, facelift, or revision, demands the expertise of a facial plastic surgeon with extraordinary talent. Dr. Corrado is trusted by his patients to achieve superior results and to perform every procedure with the most advanced techniques. His clinic was established to offer world class results, time and time again.

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Recovery from earlobe repair

The recovery from a partial or full lobe tear is generally a straightforward process. Sutures are typically removed in 7 days, and the patient can resume normal activities nearly immediately. A fine linear scar may be visible for a few weeks. While re-piercing is acceptable after three months, patients are strongly encouraged to exercise caution with future jewelry.

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