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What Causes a Torn Earlobe?

Torn earlobes can result from continuous wearing of heavy earrings or sleeping with your earrings on.  Heavy earrings stretch the delicate thin skin of the earlobe and make it more vulnerable to trauma. Some people have had their original earring hole pierced too low and over time it has stretched and tears the skin.  Sometimes, accidental pulling of an earring can cause trauma and start tearing the earlobe. In the worse cases, the earlobe is torn all the way through, which results in a split-earlobe or torn earlobe.

Other patients have simply sagging or drooping earlobes, due to age and the and natural loss of collagen over time. By restoring this lost volume in the earlobes, through the injection of dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm, the earlobe is rejuvenated and it is easier to wear your earrings sitting properly on your ear.

Outside of accidental injury, it has become fashionable over the years to stretch the earlobe to insert larger ear ornaments such as “flesh tunnels” and “flesh plugs” within the earlobe itself. Over time, an increasingly larfer sized hole is formed. At the earlier stages of this process, the hole can be reversed. However, as the hole in the earlobe increases in size, it becomes increasingly difficult to reverse. In these cases, the size of the hole in question will determine how best to repair the torn earlobe.

Dr. Michele Green uses the best cosmetic surgical techniques and dermal fillers to perform your torn earlobe repair and rejuvenate your torn or sagging earlobes.

Before & After of Earlobe repair – 3 months

How is a Torn Earlobe Repair Performed?

What does the Earlobe Repair Procedure entail?

During your consultation with Dr. Green, for your torn earlobe repair, she will assess the length of the repair necessary and make a plan to reconstruct your torn earlobe.  Photographs are taken of the torn earlobe and local anesthesia is infiltrated into the area.  Only local anesthetic is needed and not any oral pain medication, as this is not a painful procedure. Any scar tissue or areas of skin that are torn are surgically removed.  The tear is then surgically repaired and reconstructed to leave a smooth finish to stitch together.  These fine sutures need to be left in place for two weeks and Dr. Green will review proper wound care instructions. You will return to the office in two weeks to have the stitches removed. 

How long does the torn earlobe repair take to perform?

In general, each torn earlobe repair takes 30 minutes to perform.  The procedure may take longer if there is more than one tear or piercing which need to be repaired.  Patients are sent home with written instructions on how to care for the surgical site.

What are my wound care instructions after the torn earlobe repair?

Dr. Green will instruct you to apply antibiotic ointment, such as Bacitracin ointment,  to the earlobe repair surgery. If the repair was extensive, she may have you take an oral antibiotic as well.  You will be advised how to take care for the area and the use of steristrips.  In addition, you should refrain from saunas, swimming, or submerging your head under water for one full week after the stitches are removed to allow the skin to heal from your surgical procedure.

What is the recovery time from a torn earlobe repair?

The recovery is straightforward and the earlobe repair surgery will start to heal with the sutures in place.  You should continue your topical wound care and antibiotics until the sutures are removed. Steristrips are generally placed on the site after the stitches are removes until they fall off on their own. The earlobe continues to heal on its own for several months.

When do I re-pierce my ears after an earlobe repair?

In addition to performing the earlobe repair procedure, Dr. Michele Green will have your return to her private NYC office for re-piercing the ear in the correct location, generally six weeks after the cosmetic surgery.  One of the advantages of having Dr. Green perform your ear piercing, is that Dr. Green ensures the correct placement of the new piercing.  Dr. Green will make sure that it is in the exact location and completely symmetric with the opposite ear. Earlobes are re-pierced only after the surgical area has completely healed from the  earlobe repair procedure. 

Once Dr. Green re- pierces your ears, she will advise you to wear small earring which have posts, similar to the stud earrings that you used to first pierce your ears.  You should also refrain from wearing hanging, wires, hoops, or heavy earrings.  The new skin which was repaired will be weaker than normal skin for at least three months as the area heals and new collagen is formed. 


How to treat Sagging Earlobes?

To treat drooping or sagging earlobes, Dr. Green often recommends Restylane or Juvederm injections in order to rejuvenate them. Using these Hyaluronic Acid fillers can help lift sagging earlobes and can provide more durability to take on heavy earrings.  In most cases, these “earlobe rejuvenation” or “lobe lift” treatments only take a few minutes, and there is no downtime or recovery.  Often these earlobe injections are combined with other facial injections to create a non-surgical or “liquid facelift“.  This facial rejuvenation is also combined with chemical peels, fractionated lasers, and other cosmetic procedures.

What is the Cost for Torn Earlobe Repairs?

The price for a torn earlobe repair depends on the extent of the repair involved. A complicated repair is more expensive than a simple earlobe repair.  In addition, if both earlobes are involved, the cost for the surgical procedure increases.

What other Plastic Surgery Procedures involve torn earlobe repair?

Facelifts often involve correcting the earlobe as well.  Many patients who are having a full facelift, facial plastic surgery, or rhinoplasty, will choose to have the earlobe surgery performed at the same time. Some patients, it should be noted, are unhappy with the shape of their earlobes after a facelift, as the position of the ear can sometimes be affected.  After surgery, there may be notching at the base of the earlobe, without the normal curved arch.  These patients may need a more complicated otoplasty or other surgical repair in addition to the neck lift.

What can be done from Scars from Facelift surgery?

All too often there are scars from a neck lift or facelift, rhinoplasty, ear surgery, eyelid surgery, skin cancer surgery, liposuction scars, or scars from other reconstructive surgery.  Dr. Michele Green is an expert in treating these facial scars as well as acne scars by using the best cutting edge lasers available in dermatology.  Dr. Green uses the latest resurfacing lasers, such as Fraxel and eMatrix to help treat and minimize these surgical scars. 

How do I treat Keloid Scars on my earlobes?

Depending on the size of your keloids, they may require surgery to remove the keloid.  Typically, darker skin patients are more prone to developing keloids.  These keloids typically grow behind the ears, and are as a result of ear piercing. Smaller keloid scars may be able to be treated with cortisone injections alone to shrink them. Dr. Green also recommends using Kelo-cote topically for these keloid scars.

Who performs the torn earlobe repair?

Dr. Michele Green performs this surgical repair in her New York City private office.  It is always best to consult a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon when considering having a torn earlobe repair in New York.  When choosing a cosmetic physician, from New York to Los Angeles, it is always best to consult with the most experienced surgeon to assure the best cosmetic results for your torn earlobe repair.

Please don’t hesitate to Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 if you’re ready to learn more about torn earlobe repair. Dr. Michele S. Green, a board certified NYC dermatologist, practices the best and latest techniques at the forefront of skin care to give you the look that you deserve.

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