Ear gauges have been a growing trend in recent years. More and more teens and even adults are going to salons where a small pin is inserted into a hole piercing in the ear lobe.
Over time, this small pin is replaced with larger gauges to help expand the size of that initial hole. With gauges ranging in size from two to three centimeters, your earlobe holes become quite expansive and may not return to normal if you decide to stop wearing them.
You can either wear the gauges for life, which may not be ideal if you work in a professional setting, or visit a facial plastic surgeon to undergo earlobe repair and reduction surgeries.
This trend is not the only reason people seek the expertise of earlobe repair or reduction surgeons. The aging process wreaks havoc on your skin, and one of the more surprising effects is the laxity of the earlobes. As your skin slackens and wrinkles form, your earlobes often begin to sag, too.
Finally, earrings have long been a part of our culture. Heavy earrings can stretch the earlobe so that it sags unnaturally. There are also many cases of earrings getting caught on objects and being torn from the earlobe, leading to a rip or tear of the delicate skin and tissue. Again, lobe jobs are the ideal solution for fixing these issues without leaving noticeable scars.
Steps Taken in an Earlobe Repair
Earlobe repairs start with a local anesthetic and then complete sterilization of the front and back of the earlobe. An incision is made near the tear or overly large hole and excess skin and tissue are removed. Once this step is complete, the incision is carefully sutured on both sides of the earlobe.
If your issue is a stretched earlobe, the surgeon begins by marking areas of the earlobe to use as a guideline during the surgery. The skin is cleaned and a local anesthetic is given. Incisions are made, often in the shape of a T, and excess skin and tissue are removed. Again, sutures close the incisions on the front and back of the earlobe. Both surgical procedures take less than two hours to complete.
Following the earlobe surgery, you will use an antibiotic ointment to help reduce the risk of infection while the incisions heal.
Within a week, you should find the incisions have healed and stitches can be removed. Make sure you do not pull or tug on the earlobe as the incisions heal. You could pull the stitches and reopen the incision.
Dr. Michael Schwartz, a Florida facial plastic surgeon, is a fellow of three different prestigious organizations: American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngology, and American College of Surgeons.
His experience in facial plastic surgery spans more than two decades. Trust in Dr. Schwartz to give you honest answers and superior skill for any surgical or non-surgical procedure.. All that’s left is to make an appointment with Dr. Schwartz’s West Palm Beach office by calling 561-228-5888.