Though the ears are commonly overlooked, there are many reasons why patients are unhappy with the appearance of their earlobes. The ears can show telltale aging signs, including sagging or drooping over time. In addition, the relatively thin skin of the earlobes is prone to damage and tearing. Finally, the earlobes can become stretched, whether intentionally or not, with large or heavy jewelry. All of these issues can thankfully be addressed through our Los Angeles earlobe repair.
Earlobe repair in Los Angeles is a relatively simple surgery which corrects problems related to the earlobes due to aging, damage and injury, or wearing large and heavy jewelry.
At A Glance
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Surgery Length: 30 Minutes
Recovery Time: 1 Day
Most patients who have stretched, torn, or drooping earlobes are good candidates for earlobe repair.
The earlobes may begin to sag over time as part of the natural aging process. This effect may be worse if the patient has worn heavy earrings throughout their life. Earlobe repair can address these problems and reverse signs of aging in the ears.
Additionally, patients may have damaged or torn earlobes as a result of an injury or heavy earrings. This may include drooping or the earlobe being fully split in two. For these patients, it is generally best to wait until any injury has healed fully before moving forward with earlobe repair.
Finally, some patients who intentionally stretched their ear piercings to wear “gauges” or “plugs” but are no longer happy with this appearance can restore their earlobes through earlobe repair surgery.
Dr. Ourian performs earlobe repair using local anesthesia, and the procedure usually takes just an hour. First, any excess skin or tissue is removed. Following this step, the earlobe is reshaped, with care to manipulate fatty tissue and skin for a natural result. This includes connecting splits or large holes and separations as necessary. Finally, all incisions are closed with sutures to allow the earlobe to heal in a natural-looking shape. Earlobes are operated on one at a time during a single appointment. There are no dressings or bandages required following the surgery, so you can see the results immediately after the procedure, though some swelling is expected.
Immediately after your Beverly Hills earlobe repair, you can expect some swelling and redness in the area. Since local anesthesia is used, you can drive yourself home if you choose. There is no downtime required after the procedure, and most patients can quickly return to work or their normal routine. When anesthesia subsides, you can expect mild discomfort which may feel like a burning sensation. This is easily treated with over-the-counter pain medication. Dr. Ourian will give you instructions regarding caring for the earlobes as you heal, which generally involves applying ointment regularly and keeping the area clean. Sleeping with your head elevated for about a week after the procedure can help to minimize swelling. You should avoid submerging your ears until the sutures are removed.
About a week after your earlobe repair, Dr. Ourian will remove your sutures. At this point, most swelling and discomfort should subside and you will see your final results. Incisions are usually fully healed at eight weeks following an earlobe repair.
In some cases, earlobe repair is chosen to minimize signs of aging. For this reason, the procedure can be paired with other rejuvenating procedures such as a facelift. A facelift tightens the skin to reduce sagging and wrinkles throughout the lower portion of the face. A browlift may also be chosen to address drooping and aging signs in the eyebrows and forehead. Finally, a blepharoplasty removes excess and sagging skin from the eyelids for a more awake and youthful appearance.
Younger patients may be interested in combining other procedures with their earlobe repair to save time. For example, those who have been considering a rhinoplasty, or “nose job,” may find that having the surgeries in a single setting is more convenient. In addition, the ears and nose are two features which project away from the face the most, so addressing both can make a subtle yet noticeable impact on the patient’s looks, enhancing a balanced and harmonious appearance.
The cost of an earlobe repair in Los Angeles will vary depending on the extent of correction necessary, the geographic location where you have your surgery, the expertise of your surgeon, and other factors. Dr. Ourian’s patient concierge will give you a more specific cost estimate for your earlobe repair after a consultation.
Frequently asked questions
- When can I wear earring after earlobe repair?
- In most cases, the part of the earlobe which is pierced will be closed or removed during an earlobe repair. If this is the case, it is generally best to wait about 6-8 weeks after your procedure before re-piercing the ear. It’s best not to pierce the ear in the same place as the incision. Consult with Dr. Ourian about your plans to re-pierce your ears to ensure best results.
- Is earlobe repair covered by insurance?
- Earlobe repair surgery is generally considered a cosmetic procedure, so it is not covered by insurance.
- How long does earlobe repair surgery take to heal?
- Sutures from earlobe repairs can be removed about a week after the procedure. The incisions are considered fully healed at eight weeks.