Earlobe Repair: What to Expect

earlobe repair / plastic surgery

Split earlobes can occur for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, the condition happens suddenly when an earring becomes caught and causes a torn earlobe. At other times, the earlobe becomes split gradually as a pierced hole slowly enlarges to the point that earrings can no longer be held within it. While the condition is mostly common in women, it can certainly occur in men as well. It may also occur if the ear has been pierced in the wrong place, such as too low on the lobe. A recent trend has involved placing large plugs, discs or gauges in the earlobe to stretch the area.

Many people think they just have to live with this problem and can never wear earrings again, but that is not the case. Today, there is a plastic surgery procedure that can repair split ear lobes.

Dr. Breister Ghosh repairs split earlobes, as well as enlarged earlobes and stretched earlobes. The procedure can be done under local anesthesia with minimal downtime.

Split earlobe repair takes only about onehour, and following the healing process, the earlobe returns to its normal shape and size.

Split Ear Lobe Repair Recovery

The healing process often takes several weeks and must be complete before the ear can be re-pieced. It is important to attend your post-op appointments with Dr. Breister Ghosh, so shecan determine at what point it is safe for you to re-pierce the ear.

You can expect some minor swelling and soreness for the first few days, but most patients are pleasantly surprised by ease with which you recover.

Dr. Diana Breister Ghosh is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. She is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the San Diego Plastic Surgery Society, and is an expert in plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery.

Her specialized services include breast augmentation (including silicone breast implants), breast lift (mastopexy), tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), brow lift, and face/neck lift.

Dr. Breister Ghosh is also recognized as an expert in state-of-the-art surgical body modification, body contouring and soft tissue sculpting following bariatric and major weight loss surgery. Additionally, she excels in performing specialized facial procedures that help restore skin and aid in reducing effects of aging without surgery, including laser facial resurfacing, Botox®, Restylane®, Perlane®, Juvederm™ and Artefill®.