Earlobe Repair

Earlobe Repair in Dallas

If you have stretched or torn earlobes that leave you hiding your ears with specific hairstyles or make you unable to wear your favorite earring styles, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Yash Avashia offers a solution.

Earlobe repair is reconstructive plastic surgery to correct ripped, torn, or misshapen earlobes. While it’s not as well-known as procedures like rhinoplasty, it has a similar ability to improve facial harmony. Many of Dr. Yash’s patients opt for earlobe repair to correct congenital deformities like enlarged lobes that can cause self-consciousness.

To learn how Dr. Yash approaches earlobe repair in Dallas to repair damage or add structural volume, schedule a consultation online or call (469) 249-9615.

Your Earlobe Repair Consultation With Dr. Yash

Dr. Yash offers a patient-centered approach to his practice, beginning with your consultation. He takes the time to explain the procedure fully, answer your questions, and address your concerns. Then, he will present his proposed plan from beginning to end and provide before-and-after photos of previous patients who have come in with similar concerns.

He won’t rush the process, ensuring you leave with a complete understanding of what you can expect before surgery and during recovery.

Earlobe Repair Candidates

Anyone who has experienced earlobe trauma, congenital ear deformities, or damage can be a good candidate for this procedure. You may consider this surgery if you are a non-smoker in good overall health with realistic expectations.

Since the earlobes are a low-risk area and the surgery is not especially invasive, practically anyone can undergo this straightforward operation without experiencing complications.

It’s crucial to choose a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with extensive experience in facial aesthetics and correcting earlobe damage. For example, a torn earlobe presents different challenges than a stretched one, and these two concerns require separate approaches.

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Honesty and integrity are the cornerstones of Dr. Avashia’s process. He feels strongly that he needs to educate patients on what gives them the most value, and he focuses on what should be done instead of simply what could be done. He will only recommend procedures that will help achieve your goals. Dr. Avashia knows that not everyone “needs the knife,” and he will recommend nonsurgical solutions when appropriate in order to give you a more minimally invasive solution to achieve your goals.

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Whether you’re looking to reverse the signs of aging or improve the appearance of a specific area of your body, Dr. Avashia can help you achieve your desired goals. Visit Dr. Yash today to learn more.

Common Reasons for Earlobe Repair

Earlobes can easily become damaged because they are soft, vulnerable tissue with no bone or cartilage. The three following issues can compromise your earlobe appearance and symmetry.

1. Wearing Large or Heavy Earrings

Large or heavy pierced earrings can pull on the earlobe, stretching the piercing hole. They can cause the tear to get longer until it splits the lobe down its center. Then, the lobes may sag and stretch. A piercing close to the bottom of the earlobes can cause earrings to rip through. Additionally, a loss of skin elasticity due to your natural aging process may affect your earlobes, compounding the effects of prolonged heavy earring usage.

2. Gauging

Some patients intentionally stretch their earlobes and later regret it. Ear gauging is a body piercing that progressively increases the size of the earlobe holes, allowing people to wear ornaments up to the diameter of a soda can. If you later decide to reverse the effects of gauging, earlobe repair can help.

3. Earlobe Trauma

When an earlobe sustains damage due to trauma from a sports-related injury or an earring accidentally getting pulled, the result can leave you with a vertically torn lobe cut in two.

The Earlobe Repair Procedure

Also known as a lobe lift or earlobe reduction, earlobe repair surgery is an outpatient procedure to reconstruct damaged earlobes that have ripped, stretched, or scarred to the point of sagging, usually from wearing heavy earrings or the natural aging process.

In addition, this quick and convenient cosmetic enhancement can make overly large earlobes more proportional, balance asymmetrical earlobes, or subtly sculpt stretched lobes, better known as pixie ears.

During earlobe repair, Dr. Yash corrects tears or any irregularities, eliminates lumps or visible scarring, and recontours earlobe tissues. In addition, he can employ a customized approach to address your unique cosmetic concern or the severity of the damage. For example, if there is a partial tear, he may remove the damaged skin and use tiny sutures to connect the remaining skin to the lobe’s natural shape.

If the lobe has a vertical tear or has a large hole from stretching or gauging, he may transfer healthy tissue to replace damaged skin and recontour the lobe. 

An earlobe repair typically takes 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the extent of correction necessary. Thanks to anesthetic, it is a relatively pain-free procedure.

Earlobe Repair Recovery

Once Dr. Yash has completed this surgery with the techniques he has refined throughout his career, he will apply a surgical dressing to minimize swelling and bruising, prevent infection, and maintain benefits. These bandages need to remain on your lobes for the time prescribed by Dr. Yash.

No downtime is necessary, and most patients return to their normal activities almost instantly. However, you might experience some minor discomfort or swelling for a few days after earlobe repair. Over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen can help you manage discomfort.

Earlobe Repair Benefits

It may take six to eight weeks for swelling to abate and your lobes to heal completely. Once the swelling has subsided, you’ll realize your optimal benefits, including improved symmetry, natural contours, and minimal scarring.

After two to three months, you can get your ears re-pierced. However, the repaired lobes will be weaker than before earlobe repair, making them more prone to tearing. Consequently, you should refrain from wearing heavy earrings, opting for smaller and lighter ones instead. A revision may be necessary in the future.

Meet the Dallas Area’s Leading Reconstructive Surgeon

If you are considering earlobe repair, contact Dr. Yash to book a consultation. During your visit, he will help you determine if the procedure is a suitable way to help you reach your cosmetic goals and explain the preparation, process, aftercare, and any potential complications or risk.

Call (469) 249-9615 or schedule your consultation online today.

Earlobe Repair FAQs

It’s normal for your earlobes to appear larger and more prominent with age. However, it’s a myth that the ears and nose keep growing throughout your lifetime. The illusion of growth happens when gravity causes the cartilage in these facial features to break down and sag, resulting in a droopy, elongated appearance. Even if you have never gotten your ears pierced or worn earrings or gauges, you can still expect to experience these effects as you get older.

Earlobe repair is an outpatient procedure done under a local anesthetic. However, if you choose to combine this surgery with more invasive treatments like a facelift or eyelid lift, you will need to go under general anesthesia.

The total price tag for this surgery will vary depending on the extent of your personalized surgical plan and the necessary corrections. After meeting with you and learning about what you want to achieve, Dr. Yash can provide an accurate quote.