Earlobe repair is a minimally invasive procedure designed to improve earlobe aesthetics by correcting overstretched, torn, or ripped earlobes. At The Mack Cosmetic Center in Tampa, FL, we offer this procedure to meet the needs of men and women who want to restore natural and healthier-looking earlobes without having to plan around significant downtime or recovery.
How Does Earlobe Repair Work?
Earlobe repair is a procedure designed to remove excess skin and tissue from the earlobes to correct aesthetic imperfections. When you schedule and undergo a procedure at The Mack Cosmetic Center, you can expect quality care and excellent results. During the procedure, Dr. Mack will cleanse the treatment area and use local anesthetic to ensure your complete comfort throughout the procedure.
Then, he’ll use advanced yet minimally invasive surgical techniques to repair the earlobe, and after removing excess skin and tissue, if necessary, he will place sutures in the area to complete the process. The sutures typically are dissolvable or will need to be removed one-week post-treatment.
A Treatment You Can Trust
Patients will be provided with some post-care instructions to follow after the procedure to ensure proper healing and the best results. Dr. Mack uses his skill and precision to re-create a natural earlobe shape that complements your face and helps you reach your treatment goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Can It Address?
Dr. Mack performs this procedure to meet the needs of patients with overstretched earlobes and visual cosmetic imperfections resulting from different factors, including years of wearing large or heavy earrings. We can also customize a procedure to treat earlobes that have been completely torn due to a larger earring being caught in clothing or even torn by an infant.
The procedure can also address other earlobe concerns and imperfections, including overstretching, sagging skin, or even elongated earlobes resulting from genetic predisposition or gauging techniques.
How Long Does It Take?
A typical procedure can take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes, but procedure times vary based on each patient’s treatment plan. Patients with more extensive cosmetic concerns may require a longer procedure than those with minor aesthetic goals.
Once we meet with you during an initial consultation to evaluate the specific imperfections that you want to treat, we can give you more details about what your surgical treatment will look like and how long the entire process should take so that you can plan accordingly.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
The best candidates for this minimally invasive procedure are men and women who are unhappy with the appearance of their earlobes because of how one or both have been affected by trauma, heavy earrings, an injury, or other factors. Most patients who want to improve their confidence through earlobe repair qualify for the procedure.
The Importance of Your Consultation
An initial consultation is an important first step in this process as it gives us more information about you, enables us to evaluate your earlobes in person, and helps us learn more about your treatment goals.
At this consultation, we will also ask you questions about your medical history and give you details about the procedure, the aftercare, and what to expect. We can also answer all your questions so that you can make an informed decision about whether you want to proceed with the treatment.
What Kind of Recovery Should I Expect?
The initial healing process takes one to two weeks, followed by another six weeks for full healing. You’ll notice weekly improvements as your body heals the area, and you won’t need to plan around social downtime, but you will need to avoid anything that can interfere with the healing process.
You may be asked to avoid swimming, hot tubs, and any activities that could affect your earlobes, specifically contact sports. You’ll resume all your normal activities within days to weeks based on the post-care restrictions provided by the surgeon. As long as you follow all of the post-procedure care instructions and avoid interfering with the healing process, you can expect a quick recovery and the best possible results.
Will I Have Any Scars?
During your procedure, Dr. Mack will use his expertise, skill, and precision to avoid visible scarring. He has extensive experience in performing this particular procedure, and not only can he customize it based on your exact needs, but he can also reduce scarring with his specialized surgical techniques.
When Will I See the Results?
You’ll notice an improvement in the appearance of your earlobes immediately following this procedure. The results will continue to improve as the skin heals in the following weeks. We can give you more details about the results you can expect at your pre-treatment consultation.
When Can I Get My Ears Re-Pierced?
Many patients who undergo this procedure want to know if they can get their ears re-pierced after a repair surgery, and if so, how soon. The good news is that you can get your ears re-pierced, but you will need to wait approximately six weeks to allow for complete healing. We can give you more information about the re-piercing process at your pre-treatment consultation.
How Can I Avoid Future Earlobe Damage?
After you undergo earlobe repair surgery, there are some ways you can protect your newly restored earlobes to prevent stretching or future damage. If you do play contact sports, always remove earrings before engaging in that activity, and wear proper equipment to protect your ears.
Additionally, if you have an infant or are regularly around infants, avoid wearing long or heavy earrings that could easily get ripped out of the ears during those interactions. You should also be mindful of the type, size, and weight of your earrings to prevent significant stretching or sagging. Avoiding any large gauges can prevent earlobe stretching and accelerated elasticity loss.
Restore Your Natural, Youthful Earlobes With Earlobe Repair
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your earlobes because of trauma, heavy earrings, or other factors that have affected the skin on your ears and your confidence, we can design a customized treatment plan to help you reach your goals. Contact us today at The Mack Cosmetic Center in Tampa, FL, to schedule your initial consultation, learn more about this minimally invasive procedure, and determine whether it’s right for you.