Earlobes often experience lengthening and damaged due to age, genetics, and by heavy dangling earrings. Through earlobe repair or reduction, also known as otoplasty, you can experience a more attractive appearance of your ears.
The goal of these procedures, called otoplasty, is to restore a more youthful look, form, and function to your earlobe, as well as to change the shape to a more desired look.
During an initial consultation, you will discuss the changes or repairs that you would like, as well as the desired results. The technique used will depend on the specific problem (such as earlobe tear repair). These procedures will take approximately 30 to 90 minutes to complete, and are performed using local anesthesia, along with a mild sedative. Often earlobe repair surgery is performed along with other facial surgery procedures, such as The One Hour Facelift or Neck Lifts.
Earlobe Reduction Procedure
The Earlobe Reduction Procedure will take out excess skin and tissue via a small incision that will then blend into the natural creases of the ear. The skin will be taken out and the area sutured, leaving a faint scar in the back of the earlobe.
Earlobe Repair Surgery and Procedure (Otoplasty)
Earlobe Repair Surgery procedure is generally used to repair gauged or torn earlobes. The procedure is performed under a local anesthesia, taking about 30 minutes. An incision is made and the tear is repaired. There will be minimal scarring; however, you will need to heal for approximately eight weeks before your ear can be re-pierced.
Earlobe Tear Repair Recovery
With either earlobe reduction or earlobe repair surgery procedures, you may be placed in a head dressing for compression. You will also receive instructions for care and suture removal. In addition, you will be prescribed an antibiotic and a mild pain reliever. You should be able to return to your normal schedule within a few hours.
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- What are the risks associated with earlobe reduction?
- As with any surgical procedure, infection can be a risk. Other complications are usually infrequent and minor.
- What is the cost for earlobe reduction?
- The cost for earlobe reduction will be discussed at the time of the pre-operative visit.
- What is earlobe reduction?
- Earlobe reduction, called otoplasty, is used to restore a more youthful look, form, and function to your earlobe. It can be used for patients who have lengthening and damage due to genetic, age, or heavy dangling earrings.
- Who is a good candidate for earlobe reduction?
- Those with enlarged, torn, stretched, or damaged ear lobes are good candidates for this procedure.
- What is the earlobe reduction procedure?
- The procedure will remove excess skin and tissue using a small incision. The skin will be removed and the area sutured, leaving just a faint scar behind the ear.
- What kind of anesthesia is used during earlobe reduction?
- A local anesthetic is used during the procedure.
- How can I prepare for earlobe reduction?
- There is no special preparation required.
- What can I expect post-procedure?
- You may be directed to wear a compression head dressing. You will also receive instructions for care and suture removal, along with a prescription for an antibiotic and a mild pain reliever.
- What is the recovery time for earlobe reduction?
- You should be able to return to your normal activities within a few hours. There will be minimal scarring, however, you will need to heal for approximately eight weeks before you have your ear re-pierced.