Ear Lobe Surgery 101
One of the hottest trends in plastic and aesthetic corrective surgery today is earlobe surgery. While surgical procedures to repair a torn earlobe have been practiced for decades, more people are taking the initiative to incorporate earlobes into a holistic aesthetic plastic surgery approach.
Like any surgical procedure, it’s important to understand the medical process and its ramifications. From identifying the need for earlobe surgery, to understanding the recovery process, arming yourself with knowledge will only further guarantee a safe and successful surgery.
Why Undertake Earlobe Surgery?
The most obvious purpose for earlobe replacement surgery is when the earlobe is ripped or torn. Sometimes this is caused by pulling on earrings—we all know babies love shiny things!
We’ve also seen circumstances where the removal of a helmet or other head accessory pulls on the earlobes, leading to tearing. Extremely important to remember is that, just like any other puncture of the skin, the area must be disinfected immediately.
As stated above, earlobe surgery is more often being considered within a holistic aesthetic surgery series. Sometimes we’re born with earlobes that do not compliment the shape of our head—whether they’re too big or too small, being born with the “wrong earlobes” can throw off your facial composition.
One of the most common reasons for aesthetic earlobe surgery is wearing heavy earrings over time. The ear is largely made of cartilage and skin, which means it can be stretched with prolonged use of large or heavy earrings. People who wear large-gauge rings in their ears, whether a zero-gauge or larger, will find the hole won’t close up after they are taken out. In cases like these, aesthetic earlobe surgery is the solution to fixing the problem.
Whether for aesthetic or medical reasons, a competent and experienced plastic surgeon can offer a consultation to determine the safest way to move forward with earlobe surgery.
Full Tear or Minor Tear?
For torn earlobes, there are generally two circumstances to consider—whether the earlobe is fully torn, or there’s just a minor hole or tear that doesn’t reach the bottom of the earlobe.
For minor tears, the procedure is generally very small. Many clients find themselves able to even repierce the ear on the same day of a minor earlobe repair procedure.
For a full tear, which reaches the bottom of the ear, your plastic surgeon will use sutures that need to be cared for in much the same way as any external surgical procedure. The tear can take up to two months to fully heal before wearing earrings again.
Whether born with large ears, or the ears are stretched out from wearing heavy or large earrings, earlobe reduction is a somewhat more extensive procedure than earlobe repair.
The procedure itself takes under an hour. Reducing the size of earlobes can make the entire ear appear more proportionate to the face, and in many cases can make the face look more youthful. If you have elongated, large, or dangling earlobes, this procedure could do wonders for your self esteem and appearance.
Recovery Time for Earlobe Reduction/Attachment Surgery
In the case of earlobe reduction and attachment procedures, dissolvable sutures are put in place to seal the incisions made during an earlobe surgery. Over time, the sutures will disappear, so meanwhile many people will use concealer to hide the sutures during this process.
The typical recovery time for both procedures is about two weeks. By this time, the skin has combined and the sutures have completely dissolved. Yet, it’s advised that you wait about six weeks before re-piercing the ears.
Consult a Professional
This may go without saying, but never try to perform an earlobe surgery, whether for aesthetic or medical reasons, on your own. A qualified plastic surgeon can make the procedure quick and painless, as well as ensure the correct healing process takes place.