Cleft, deformed, or torn earlobes are a common condition that can easily be fixed through earlobe repair surgery.
Also referred to as lobuloplasty, earlobe repair refers to a surgical procedure aimed at reconstructing or restoring the appearance of a damaged or elongated earlobe. Lobuloplasty has gained significant traction in recent years for its effectiveness in addressing a wide array of concerns related to the earlobe’s shape, size, and structural integrity. However, with more and more people wanting to get their earlobes repaired, the waiting times for the procedure have significantly increased.
But not at Turó Park Clinics! Whether it is a torn earlobe from sudden trauma, a stretched or gauged earlobe from fashion trends, or congenital deformities, our expert plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgeons can help at the earliest. Book a consultation and reclaim your confidence through our renowned earlobe plastic surgery in Barcelona, Spain.
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What Is Earlobe Repair Surgery?
The human earlobe is made of skin and fatty tissue and not thick cartilage like the rest of the ear, which makes it more susceptible to damage and deformities. Many cultures across the world also encourage piercing the earlobe to wear earrings. While some ear lobe perforations heal with time, others require medical attention, especially when damage is induced due to wearing heavy earrings.
In addition, the earlobe might be deformed as a result of infections, the use of earlobe expanders, and other less common conditions, such as keloids or accidental tears.
The earlobe plastic surgery helps correct any such deformities and restore the shape and appearance of a damaged or stretched earlobe.
How Is Earlobe Repair Surgery Performed?
Earlobe reconstruction is typically performed under local anesthesia and occasionally on general anesthesia. Here is a general step-by-step breakdown of the procedure.
Step 1: The Preliminary Consultation
Before the ear lobe repair procedure, the plastic surgeon will analyze your medical history thoroughly and do a physical examination. This is because health issues like diabetes can affect wound healing or lead to complications like bleeding.
In addition, the surgeon will also ask you about your goals and take a closer look at your earlobe to determine the condition of the hole and the surrounding tissues and the ideal size. Sometimes, ear hole repair surgery will result in closure; other times, the need for a complex rotation of the tissue arises.
During the preliminary consultation, you will receive a personalized treatment plan better suited for your unique conditions and needs.
Step 2: The Earlobe Reconstruction Surgery
On the scheduled day, lobuloplasty will be performed by a specialist surgeon under local or general anesthesia. Though the precise ear lobe repair procedure will depend on your unique situation, generally, the earlobe is cleaned, and a small amount of anesthesia is injected into the area where the repair will be performed.
After the surgery, the wound is closed in layers using tiny dissolvable/ non-dissolvable stitches, and a sterile dressing is applied to protect the earlobe and promote healing. The dressing can be removed around five days later when the wounds from the surgery would have healed, and it usually only leaves a fine scar.
While most patients can drive themself home after the procedure, which lasts around an hour, some patients with complex procedures might require a short hospital stay.
Step 3: Recovery
After the earlobe repair surgery, the surgeon will provide post-operative instructions to the patient on how to care for the wound. This includes guidelines to clean the area, avoiding excessive pressure or tension on the earlobe, and when to return for a follow-up visit.
It is normal to experience mild discomfort for 2-3 days, for which the surgeon may prescribe pain medications. Nonetheless, one can resume routine activities the next day or the same day following an earlobe repair surgery.
The final results will appear gradually, and it may take a few weeks to a month to get visible results. The incisions will fade over time, and it is best to wait for at least a month before getting your ear re-pierced.
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What Are The Potential Complications Of Earlobe Repair Surgery?
Complications are relatively rare with earlobe plastic surgery. Nonetheless, the potential risks involved include:
- Altered sensation
- Minor asymmetry between two ears
- Nerve damage
- Change in skin color
All these complications will be discussed in detail during the initial consultation. While the majority of patients who undergo earlobe reconstruction surgery don’t experience any complications, you must ask all the questions you may have to your plastic surgeon before proceeding to surgery. Also, follow their post-operative instruction for optimal healing and recovery.
Meet Our Ear Repair Surgeon, Dr. Lloyd Nanhekhan
Dr. Nanhekhan is a renowned plastic, aesthetic & reconstructive surgeon with over 25 years of experience. He has performed numerous post-oncology reconstructions of the breast, head, and neck, managed patients with congenital deformities, and has extensive experience in cosmetic procedures, such as earlobe reconstruction, abdominoplasty, otoplasty, liposuction, filler treatments, and more.
Dr. Nanhekhan is an active member of prominent plastic surgery societies, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the Royal Belgian Society of Plastic Surgeons (RBSPS), and the Dutch Society of Plastic Surgeons (NVPC). He is also multilingual, fluent in English, French, German, and Dutch, hence well-positioned to provide exceptional services to patients from diverse backgrounds.
Book a consultation with Dr. Nanhekhan to discuss your goals and treatment options today!