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The magic of earlobe repair

Heavy earrings have a tendency to stretch the earlobe and widen the piercing. People who wear heavy earrings for a prolonged period of time may damage their earlobes. Earlobe repair is a surgical procedure that is performed to repair a stretched piercing and droopy earlobes. The procedure is also performed on earlobes that have a large healed defect as a result of being “gauged” or stretched.

Patients who have earlobe repair experience no downtime. In six weeks, their earlobe heals and can be pierced so earrings can once again be worn. The popularity of earlobe repairs among young men has surged since the military restricted men with gauged earlobes from enlisting.

Earlobe repair at a glance

Surgery time: 30 – 60 minutes

Anesthesia: Local anesthesia

Setting: Office procedure suite

Recovery: None, Sutures are removed at 5 days

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What are the benefits of earlobe repair surgery?

  • Improvement in earlobe symmetry
  • Improvement of the earlobe appearance
  • Correction of torn, damaged or split earlobes
  • Reduction of excess fat or cartilage
  • Reduction in earlobe sagging due to aging
  • Natural-looking outcome
  • Short treatment time
  • Boost in self-confidence
  • Local anesthesia

Dr. Weber and his staff are exactly what I want out of medical professionals. Friendly, courteous, responsive, and caring. Dr. Weber takes the time to get to know you and what you are looking to obtain through surgery. Dr. Weber listened to my concerns and made thoughtful, well explained recommendations.

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Who makes the best candidate for earlobe repair surgery?

Men and women who have stretched, torn or gauged earlobes are candidates for earlobe repair with Dr. Weber. In most cases, the procedure is performed on healthy patients with no serious medical conditions that could possibly affect skin healing. Patients who smoke are advised to stop doing so for two weeks before and after their procedure. A requirement for candidacy is a positive mindset and realistic expectations.

What is Dr. Weber’s approach to earlobe repair?

Earlobe repair is a very short procedure, usually between thirty to sixty minutes. Dr. Weber performs the procedure in one of his in-office surgical procedure suites.

The first step in the procedure is the administration of a local anesthetic. Once the patient’s ear is numb and they cannot feel any pain, the procedure is completed using the following steps:

  • The edges of the torn or stretched earlobe are carefully excised. This is known as “freshening” the earlobe.
  • The tear is meticulously repaired using delicate sutures.
  • The patient feels no pain or discomfort during the procedure. There is little to no bleeding. Stitches are removed five days after the procedure. If you live in a very remote location, Dr. Weber can place dissolving sutures that do not need to be removed.

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What can I expect from recovery?

One of the greatest aspects of earlobe repair is that there is no downtime associated with the procedure. Patients may leave the office and return to their normal day-to-day activities shortly after their procedure is completed. Many patients are amazed that they can have the procedure during their lunch hour and return to work afterward.

What will my results be like?

The incisions used to perform earlobe repair heal very nicely. The repaired earlobe looks normal and natural. In six weeks, patients can return to Dr. Weber’s office to have their new earlobe pierced. Should it be necessary, laser resurfacing can be used to smooth irregularities in the incisions. This additional procedure is performed at no charge.

What does an initial consultation with Dr. Weber entail?

Patients who are interested in an earlobe procedure attend an initial consultation with Dr. Weber. The consultation covers every aspect of the patient’s condition and the earlobe repair procedure. The consultation consists of the following:

  • A medical and surgical history review
  • A physical examination in which Dr. Weber takes pictures for comparative purposes
  • A discussion regarding goals and expected results
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A question and answer session is held at the end of the consultation. During the session, Dr. Weber patiently listens to the patient’s questions and concerns and then answers and addresses them. All of Dr. Weber’s patients are completely educated and informed before making their decision to undergo earlobe repair. Dr. Weber will provide before and after photographs of patients in Lone Tree and Denver who have previously undergone earlobe repair surgery.

He will choose photos that best match your appearance so you can get the most accurate impression possible of what to expect. If there are any other procedures that are of interest to you such as facial implants, non-surgical facial rejuvenation with dermal fillers, or laser therapies, Dr. Weber is happy to discuss these with you during your consultation to create a comprehensive package that meets all your aesthetic needs. Often combining procedures saves the patient time and money.

Where will my surgery be performed?

All procedures take place at Dr. Weber’s immaculate outpatient facility. You will receive personalized attention in a modern, technologically advanced setting with world class equipment and a friendly, knowledgeable staff on hand around the clock. Discretion and convenience are our watchwords. While Dr. Weber has hospital privileges at several institutions in the Denver area, he knows that his clients require the utmost privacy and comfort. Patients will feel at home in our medical center, knowing they are receiving outstanding care from the moment they enter our doors.

Earlobe Repair FAQs

What type of anesthesia is used? How is it administered?

Dr. Weber uses a local anesthetic to perform earlobe repair. Dr. Weber carefully administers the anesthetic via injection. Patients rarely experience pain or discomfort from the tiny needle prick that is made. After the anesthetic is administered, the patient’s ear becomes numb. It usually takes about two minutes for this to occur.

Is there a risk of developing an ear infection?

There are risks associated with all surgical procedures. Dr. Weber reduces risks by using sterile techniques and equipment. He also gives his patients specific information regarding how to take care of their incision after surgery. The chance of developing an ear infection after Dr. Weber performs your procedure is very small.

Will I have a noticeable scar after my surgery?

All surgical incisions form scars. Because Dr. Weber uses special sutures and delicate suturing techniques, the scars that form from his surgical incisions are very tiny and not noticeable. Patients who undergo an earlobe repair will notice their incision after their procedure; however, its visibility will quickly fade and blend with the natural texture and coloring of the skin.

Will my ear be wrapped in a dressing?

Your ear will not be wrapped in a dressing after your surgery. You can go out in public. People will only be able to see your incision if they look closely at your ear.

Is an earlobe repair the same thing as an otoplasty?

Earlobe repair and otoplasty are two different surgical procedures. Earlobe repair is used to correct stretched, torn or gauged earlobes. Otoplasty is used to correct overly large, protruding or asymmetric ears. If you are interested in an otoplasty procedure, you can learn more about it by visiting Dr. Weber’s otoplasty page or contacting his office.

Will my hearing be affected by my procedure?

Absolutely not. Repairing your earlobe will have no effect on your hearing. Your hearing will remain the same after your procedure.

Is there anything I can do after my procedure to maximize my results?

Dr. Weber will give you very specific instructions regarding how to clean and take care of your incision. If you follow Dr. Weber’s instructions, your results will be maximized. You will look and feel great after your incision heals perfectly.

Will I really be able to pierce my ears after my procedure?

You will be able to pierce your ears six weeks after your procedure. Your ears should only be pierced by Dr. Weber or one of his staff members. Dr. Weber will discuss this process in detail with you at your initial consultation.

Can I enlist in the military after my procedure?

The military has restricted men with gauged earlobes from enlisting. Men who undergo an earlobe repair with Dr. Weber and are otherwise good candidates may enlist and pursue a career in the military. Dr. Weber has successfully performed earlobe repairs on countless men who are now enlisted in the military.

Can I see before and after photos of some of Dr. Weber’s patients who have undergone earlobe repair?

Dr. Weber would be happy to show you before and after pictures of his patients. He will go into great detail when explaining the similarities and differences between your earlobes and the patients in the pictures. You will know exactly what type of results to expect and will feel confident going into your surgery.

What are some of the signs that I need an earlobe repair?

The following are the most common signs that you could benefit from earlobe repair:

  • You have stretched piercings and droopy earlobes
  • Your earrings constantly fall out or point to the floor
  • Your earrings catch on your clothing or pillow
  • If you have a notch that heals in your torn earlobe, it cannot be repaired without surgery.

How do I arrange my initial consultation with Dr. Weber?

Your initial consultation with Dr. Weber can be easily arranged by contacting his office in Denver, CO, or by visiting his contact page. Dr. Weber looks forward to hearing from you and providing you with a solution to your earlobe problem.

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What We're Doing About COVID-19

At Weber Facial Plastic Surgery, your health, safety and happiness are our top priorities. We have been monitoring the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation very carefully. We are open beginning Monday, April 27, 2020. We will continue to follow updates from local, state and federal authorities and If we receive different guidance we will respond appropriately and notify you immediately.

We have taken a series of precautionary steps to ensure your safety:

  1. We are performing enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of all patient care areas on a regular basis and in between all patient visits.
  2. We will avoid having patients congregate in our reception area. Upon check-in you will be shown to either a private exam room or consultation room depending upon the nature of your appointment.
  3. Every exam room has "touch free" sanitizer dispensers for your use.
  4. If any members of our team, including Dr. Weber, have symptoms of fever, sore throat, cold- or flu-like symptoms, they will be required to stay home on paid leave.

For the time being, we ask that you come to your appointments alone to limit the traffic through the office. We also ask that you leave children in the care of a family member or a sitter. if you have had a recent fever, sore throat, cold- or flu-like symptoms or contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19 please call immediately to reschedule your appointment.

As always we appreciate your support of and trust in our practice and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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