While otoplasty can be used to correct over-prominent ears, cosmetic earlobe repair surgery is the best procedure to correct sagging, stretched or torn ear lobes. Whether the damage has occurred naturally, as a result of injury or from personal cosmetic preference, Dr. Bottger can help.
If you feel like your self-image is suffering because of the unsightly stretching or tearing of your ear lobes, call Dr. Bottger's plastic surgery office at 610-355-1929 to schedule a consultation with our experienced Philadelphia cosmetic surgeon.
What Can Earlobe Repair Surgery Fix?
Earlobe repair is a procedure intended to fix damage to the ear caused by a number of different factors. Some of the issues earlobe repair procedures can fix include:
- Sagging or loss of volume due to natural aging
- Hereditary abnormalities such as elongated or 'fleshly' lobes
- Sagging or tearing caused by wearing heavy jewelry
- Stretching caused by gauges
- Tearing caused by trauma and other injuries
Dr. Bottger understands that this type of damage to your earlobes can harm your self-esteem and make you feel uncomfortable about your appearance. We provide our Philadelphia patients with expertise and knowledge so you can get the care you need to fix damaged earlobes. For the right candidates, earlobe repair or otoplasty might be recommended in conjunction with a facelift procedure to help you achieve optimal results.
SPLIT EARLOBE REPAIR
Split earlobe deformities are produced by earrings that have over time produced an overstretching of the pierced hole. The deformity varies in degree from an oversized hole all the way to a complete split or cleft in the earlobe. Several methods can be utilized to repair these conditions. The most common involves removal of a pie shaped segment of skin and a direct closure of the wound margins. This typically results in a high quality scar. At times, when the deformity involves only a moderately stretched hole, the hole itself can be excised and closed resulting in a smaller scar that doesn’t involve the bottom of the lobe.
These procedures are performed in the office and require local anesthetic only. Dissolvable sutures are used and recovery is generally quick. It is important that the earlobe not be re-pierced for at least four months, and that the new piercing not be on the scar itself or it could result in a recurrent split.