The earlobe is a common site for displaying jewelry for men and women alike. Often this area can become stretched, torn, or deformed from jewelry or trauma. By reestablishing the contour and symmetry of the ear lobule, Oklahoma City facial plastic surgeon Scott Shadfar, MD can help restore the attractive natural appearance to the ear and allow the patient to repierce their ear.
Earlobe repair is performed under local anesthesia and is an outpatient procedure. Incisions are needed to remove any scar tissue from having previous piercings, plugs or gages. The earlobe incisions are sutured closed and the area taped. Patient often return to work after this type of procedure.
After this type of procedure there is some expected swelling of the earlobe, but little to no pain associated with the reconstruction. After one week the sutures are removed. The ears can be pierced 6 weeks following the procedure, just outside of the reconstruction line.