Earlobe Repair in Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL
Trauma and injuries caused by accidents, heavy earrings, and ear gauging leave your earlobes permanently disfigured. If you live in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and the surrounding areas and want to restore the shape and size of your earlobes, contact Dr. Dean G. Davis, a dual-board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and otolaryngologist.
What is Earlobe Repair?
Earlobe repair is a basic surgical procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis with little downtime involved. Damage to the earlobe often occurs when someone wearing earrings snags them on an object, causing a tiny tear in their earlobe. It can also occur gradually when heavy jewelry leads to sagging earlobes.
A torn or split earlobe is an extremely common ear deformity that can occur due to an improper piercing or earlobe trauma. It can be worrisome to a person who would like to keep wearing earrings or regain earlobe symmetry. Thankfully, a simple and effective surgery can fix earlobes with an office visit.
Minor damage is easily fixed with earlobe repair, leading to a normal appearance for the ear and earlobe. People also sometimes have gauged ears with a stretched appearance that they want restored to their normal state. Dr. Davis is able to do this, whether the cause of the trauma involved sagging, stretching or tearing.
Earlobe Repair Benefits
- Restores the natural appearance of earlobes stretched by jewelry
- Tightens stretching caused by gauged ear piercings
- Repairs tears or rips caused by low-level trauma
How Is The Procedure Performed?
Earlobe repair normally takes almost one hour to perform, with almost no downtime involved. The area is first numbed with local anesthesia to enhance comfort. Dr. Davis makes a small incision near the area of stretching or tearing, which allows for the reshaping and cleaning of the damaged area, including behind the earlobe, the earlobe’s front surface, and the inner tissues of the ear. Extremely fine stitches help close up the incision at the conclusion of the procedure.
Earlobe Repair Preparation
Before your procedure, you should keep the ear area clean and dry, particularly if there was a recent injury there. Avoid wearing jewelry. If you are prescribed antibiotics, you should take them and not wear makeup during the procedure.
Earlobe Repair Recovery
You should take any antibiotics or medications as prescribed by Dr. Davis, and may be required to apply certain topical ointments as directed. You may also need to wear some sterile bandages after your procedure. Keep the area clean and dry for up to three weeks after surgery to enhance the healing process. Dr. Davis can re-pierce your ears if desired in about two months from the time your ears heal.
Am I A Good Candidate For Earlobe Repair?
Patients of all backgrounds have trusted Dr. Davis for his skill in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. If your earlobe has been damaged because of jewelry accident, or a piercing has widened and resulted in earlobe sagging, earlobe repair can restore your appearance. Or if you have decided to move on from a gauged ear, earlobe repair may be right for your needs. Those with minor earlobe damage may benefit from repair as well, but more severe injuries may necessitate a more serious type of surgery.
How Much Does Ear Lobe Repair Cost?
Depending on the extent of surgery required to repair or reshape your ear lobes, costs can vary, and Dr. Davis and his expert team will discuss your treatment plans and associated costs at your initial consultation. Most insurance plans will cover repair due to damage but might not cover plastic surgery or specific cosmetic treatments. Dr. Davis accepts payment via cash, check, or credit card, as well as CareCredit® as a financing option.
Your Earlobe Repair Consultation
Dr. Davis feels that your first consultation is crucial and needs to be done in person. After noting any concerns you may have about the procedure, Dr. Davis carefully evaluates you to make the right recommendation for your individual situation. This consultation helps build trust between doctor and patient so that Dr. Davis is better able to design a treatment plan that meets your unique needs.
Earlobe repair is recommended for repairing stretched, torn and damaged earlobes. Schedule your consultation today with Dr. Dean G. Davis of Davis Facial Plastic Surgery.