Earlobe Repair in New Orleans
Damage to earlobes caused by heavy earrings, improper piercing, or other traumas is one of the most common aesthetic problems with the ear, but it doesn’t have to be! Earlobe repair can re-shape your earlobes for a symmetrical, natural look, so you can finally wear your favorite earrings again. Etre Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Center will make your torn or elongated earlobes a thing of the past, all with little to no downtime. Don’t wait any longer to repair your earlobes! Contact our experts to get started.
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What Causes Earlobes to Stretch?
While gauges are often thought of as the sole culprit behind stretched or sagging earlobes, there are other factors that can also cause this delicate tissue to stretch. For earlobes that are just starting to stretch, non-invasive options like fillers, such as Restylane® and Juvéderm®, can be used to support the earlobes.
Heavy or Large Earrings
A beautiful pair of elaborate earrings can tie together an entire outfit and be an excellent avenue of self-expression. However, years of wearing heavy earrings throughout the day and even at night can expand the size of the original piercings and lead to sagging earlobes. Gauges in particular can quickly and irreparably stretch the size of an earlobe.
Earlobes are like any other part of the body, making them susceptible to the effects of aging. As we get older, wrinkles can begin to appear on earlobes. Gravity can also cause tissue to sag, leading to elongated ear lobes – even for individuals who’ve never pierced their ears. To help reverse this unexpected sign of aging, extra tissue may need to be removed and a shorter earlobe created.
If you have a penchant for long earrings, chances are you’ve experienced an unpleasant tug or had your earring caught on something once or twice. In certain instances, earrings can be accidentally yanked out of earlobes, splitting or severely widening the hole. Such trauma often can only be treated with earlobe repair.
Earlobe repair isn’t just for stretched or sagging earlobes. Keloids or fibrous scar tissue can slowly grow around wounds, including where ears are pierced. The resulting small bumps may grow larger over time, preventing patients from wearing earrings and undermining their self-confidence. To treat this condition, our physicians may combine both non-surgical and traditional earlobe repair treatments to improve the look of the ears.
While a stretched or sagging earlobe may feel like it detracts from your appearance, the condition can be fixed with a quick visit to Etre Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Center.
Frequently Asked Questions about Earlobe Repair
While the process for repairing a torn or sagging earlobe may not be as lengthy or invasive as other options, the procedure can still require some preparation and spark questions from patients. To helped interested individuals better understand the treatment, our dermatologists have pulled together answers to some of the more common questions we receive on earlobe repair treatment. We encourage you to review these questions and bring additional ones to your consultation with our specialist.
Earlobe repair is a minimally invasive office procedure performed under local anesthesia. During the procedure, our surgeon re-shapes the damaged ear using sutures. This will restore your earlobes to a natural-looking taut and healthy state. In some instances where the earlobe tissue is thin following repair, our surgeon may recommend earlobe fillers like Juvéderm® or Restylane® to add volume to the area.
An earlobe repair at Etre Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Center will have no effect on your hearing. The procedure can quickly and safely repair damage to the lobe of your ear and does not involve going into the ear.
Absolutely! In as little as six weeks your ears can be re-pierced to accommodate any earring, though recovery time may vary from patient to patient. As long as the piercing is not made over the surgical scar, most individuals have no problems with getting new ear piercings.
Earlobe repair patients are able to resume daily activities immediately after the treatment. During recovery, our surgeon may recommend daily wound care in order to minimize the risk of infection or scarring. Sutures will be removed after one to two weeks and healing will be complete in four to six weeks.
Earlobe repair is minimally invasive, and few risks are associated with the procedure. Some patients may experience some brief swelling or bruising, though these effects typically subside on their own. Other risks will be discussed during your consultation at Etre Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Center.
While earlobe repair treatment may be straight forward, few patients want to have to come in for the same treatment multiple times. Likewise, frequent retreatment can increase the likelihood of unnecessary scarring, ultimately compromising the overall look of ears.
To prevent re-stretching newly repaired earlobes, we recommend going easy with earrings. Wait until your ears are healed before pursuing re-piercings and start reintroduction by wearing lighter earrings. Try to avoid wearing large, heavy earrings for lengthy periods of time and take them out before going to sleep. If you plan on exercising, removing early can reduce the gravitational pull of running or jogging on the ears. Furthermore, if you begin noticing that your ears start to hurt after wearing earrings for a lengthy period of time, try to reduce wear time.
Schedule Your Treatment Session Today
If you’re seeking minimally invasive earlobe treatment, contact Être Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Center at 504-227-3873 to schedule a consultation. Our New Orleans surgeon is here to help you say goodbye to sagging earlobes.