Torn Earlobe Repair
June 22, 2016
While not given a great deal of credit, the ears are necessary appendages of the face that give symmetry to the facial appearance. Often, the ears are not given much attention unless they are malformed, misshapen, or injured. The earlobes can undergo damage that splits the tissue and causes damage that is unable to repair itself on its own. Torn earlobe repair requires the delicate hands of a plastic surgeon in order to repair the tear with minimal scarring. The earlobes are constructed of very soft skin and fatty tissue, making them easily susceptible to damage. Excessive weight from jewelry and trauma can easily overcome the strength of the earlobe, making it necessary for reconstructive repair to be done.
Dr. Hunter Moyer, M.D. is a board certified plastic surgeon with world-class training and facial plastic surgery experience. He is known for his precision and delivering exceptional results through facial plastic surgery procedures. The earlobes require a delicate repair in order to promote healing and restore their strength. Torn earlobe repair procedures are typically done in-office under local anesthesia. The anesthesia (typically a lidocaine numbing solution) is placed on the ear and allowed to become fully effective before the procedure begins. Once the earlobe is fully numbed, the earlobe tear will be sewn together with fine suture threads. Dr. Moyer will determine whether a straight line or a zigzag line is more appropriate for the repair to promote healing and minimize any visible scar.
The earlobes generally heal quickly, but patients must wait a minimum of two months before having their ears re-pierced. Small studs must only be worn after this for a few more months in order to allow the earlobe to regain its strength. However, because the earlobe is made of soft tissues, a tear compromises its strength permanently. Patients are advised to only wear light-weight earrings and jewelry in the future.
If you have a torn earlobe that needs to be repaired here in the Alpharetta, Cumming, or North Atlanta area, please contact the office of Hunter Moyer, M.D. today to schedule a consultation and learn more about torn earlobe repair.
Hunter R. Moyer, MD
Rapid City, SD 57701