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Ear Surgery to Correct Stretched or Torn Earlobes

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Einstein's plastic surgeons are skilled in the techniques that repair ear lobes torn by earrings or trauma, or that have been stretched through the piercing practice known as gauging.

How Does Ear Surgery to Correct Stretched or Torn Earlobes Work?

Surgery to fix stretched or torn earlobes requires working with the ear tissue to reconstruct the original shape of the earlobe. Your surgeon will cut away the edges of the tear or pieced area and remove any excess scar tissue. The lobe is stitched together to give it its natural appearance.

What Can I Expect During and After the Procedure?

Your physician will provide you with detailed information about your procedure, but in general:

  • The procedure takes only about an hour and is done on an outpatient basis.
  • You will be given local anesthesia so you will not feel any pain during the procedure.
  • You may experience some discomfort following earlobe surgery. Your surgeon may provide you with pain medication or advise you on what over-the-counter medication to take to help ease discomfort.
  • You will not need bandages on your earlobes, but you must apply antibiotic ointment to the incisions to help prevent infection.
  • Your stitches will be removed after the swelling has gone down. This usually takes about a week. 

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