The earlobes get plenty of attention these days with piercings and gauge-style stretching. Unfortunately, those fashion statements can also lead to damage to the earlobes that may require surgical correction to restore their appearance. The good news is that surgical earlobe repair is a relatively straightforward, minimally-invasive procedure that offers excellent results with minimal discomfort, and often no downtime after surgery.
Dr Teston offers earlobe repair for tears, stretching, and scarring that sometimes occurs as a result of piercing and gauging. In addition, she performs other types of ear surgery, known as otoplasty, to correct deformities and concerns involving the ears. With her extensive experience in this area, you can be confident in the level of care and the results you will receive from Dr Teston and her staff.
There may be a number of reasons why you might need earlobe repair surgery:
Dr Teston will examine your earlobes to determine whether surgical repair will provide you with the best possible outcome.
Earlobe surgery is performed as a day surgery, using local anaesthesia. Once the lobe is numbed, Dr Teston will cut away the edges of the tear or hole to create clean edges that she can neatly stitch together. Joining will be done using tiny sutures to minimise visible scarring after surgery.
If Dr Teston is removing keloid scarring, she will typically remove the scar as well as a small flap of skin. The edges will then be carefully sutured closed to avoid noticeable incision scarring and to cover the defect. Because keloid scars have a high recurrence rate, steroid injections may be administered after surgery to prevent their regrowth. If the scar does begin to return, the earlier it is treated, the better results will be, and the risk of another recurrence will be lower.
Patients are able to return home the same day as their earlobe repair. Pain after surgery is usually minimal and can be managed effectively with over-the-counter pain medication. Most patients can return to their regular activities the same day or the day after their procedure. Healing will be completed within a few weeks, leaving little evidence of the repair. If patients prefer, they can usually have the ear pierced again after it heals, typically about six weeks after their initial procedure.
Earlobe damage can be a cosmetic embarrassment that keeps you from wearing some of your favourite jewellery pieces. Surgical repair of the earlobe is a minimally-invasive way to reverse the damage, restore the appearance of the earlobe, and allow for the use of earrings once again. To learn more about earlobe repair, contact Dr Teston’s office today on (02) 9708 3511.
*The information about Ear Lobe scars and repairs was reviewed by Dr. Leana Teston. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.
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