Earlobe Repair in MiamiEarlobe repair is necessary when patients experience torn or stretched earlobes, usually as a result of accidents or the wearing of large, heavy earrings.
For an experienced plastic or reconstructive surgeon, earlobe repair is a relatively simple procedure to perform. The surgery restores a normal appearance to the ear and allows the patient to re-pierce the ear if desired.
Who Should Consider Earlobe Repair Surgery?
Most patients who undergo earlobe repair in Miami present the following indications:
- Lacerated/torn earlobe
- Elongated earlobe
- Stretched earlobe
These injuries are commonly caused by earrings being forcefully pulled from the ear. Oversized earring and ear plugs are another common cause, resulting in stretched earlobes.
Other Misc. Indications
Many other ear problems can be helped with surgery, such as: lop ear, when the tip seems to fold down and forward; cupped ear, which is usually a very small ear; and shell ear, when the curve in the outer rim, as well as the natural folds and creases, are missing. Reconstructive surgeons can even build new ears for those who were born without them or who lost them through injury.
The Surgery: How Earlobe Repair Works
Earlobe repair is typically performed under local anesthesia. Dr. Maercks will stabilize the ear and make an incision that removes skin around the split earlobe. The clean edges of skin are then sewn together to close the laceration. The procedure is very well tolerated by patients and restores a natural looking earlobe.
Life After Earlobe Repair in Miami
Dr. Maercks will provide you with instructions to follow after the procedure. Expect some minor swelling and discomfort after your earlobe repair surgery. For several days, a dressing will cover your treated ear. The sutures are usually removed during a follow-up appointment within two weeks.
Do you have questions about earlobe repair in Miami with Dr. Maercks? Contact our plastic surgery practice in Miami Beach to learn more about the options in earlobe repair and ear surgery.