Ear Lobe Repair in Huntersville, NC
The ear lobes are softer parts of the ears that do not have cartilage, making them popular locations for piercing and gauging. The soft tissue can be stretched, either intentionally, such as with gauging, or unintentionally, such as by wearing heavy or excessive earrings. The ear lobes are also susceptible to tearing. The popularity of gauging and piercing has made ear lobe repair one of the most common procedures that board-certified Huntersville surgeon Dr. Briggs E. Cook, Jr., who specializes in facial plastic surgery, performs on people living in Charlotte and the surrounding areas.
What is Ear Lobe Repair?
Ear lobe repair is necessary when the lobes are either torn or stretched. Both conditions may result from trauma or wearing heavy earrings. Stretching also results from gauging, a practice that uses special round plugs to gradually create a wide opening in the ear lobe. Ear lobe repair will repair tears and/or restore a more natural shape to the lobes.
Benefits of Ear Lobe Repair
A few of the benefits of ear lobe repair surgery are:
- The fact that only local anesthesia is needed in most cases
- Restoring gauged ears to a natural shape
- Reshaping stretched ear lobes that may be caused by heavy earrings
- Helping heal trauma and injuries to the ear lobes.
When Should I Have Ear Lobe Repair Surgery?
The patients who seek ear lobe repair at Pure Facial Plastic Surgery want the highest quality care to improve the shape and size of their ear lobes. Generally our patients rely on Dr. Cook to:
- Repair new tears
- Correct stretching caused by earrings and jewelry
- Improve ear lobe appearance after a primary ear lobe repair procedure
- Help with healing after trauma or injury
What Should I Expect From Ear Lobe Repair Surgery?
The procedure requires only local anesthesia. Although ear lobe repair varies by patient, some basic steps are used for the procedure. For torn ear lobe repair, Dr. Cook sutures the ear lobe to promote healing. Stretched and gauged ear lobes may require the removal of skin and soft tissue before the ear lobe is sutured.
You may engage in light activities after the procedure. We recommend that you avoid strenuous activities for at least two weeks. Healing may take up to one month, and you should take extra precautions to protect your ears from injury.
How Long Do the Results Last?
The results of ear lobe repair surgery at Pure Facial Plastic Surgery are permanent if you do not re-gauge your ears and avoid wearing heavy and excessive earrings.
How Much Does Ear Lobe Repair Cost?
If your ear lobe needs repair after an injury, the procedure may be covered by your insurance. You should confirm coverage prior to the procedure. You are responsible for any remaining balance. Pure Facial Plastic Surgery accepts cash, personal checks, and major credit cards, and financing is available through Alphaeon™ Credit.
Are your ear lobes misshapen due to earrings or gauging? Have you torn your ear lobe? If so, contact Pure Facial Plastic Surgery in Huntersville, North Carolina to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cook. We serve patients in and around Charlotte.