Ear Lobe Repair | Princeton Junction & Mercerville NJ
Who can benefit?
In cases of damaged or torn ear lobes, the procedure of cosmetic repair is a good option to reconstruct the ear lobes. Also, patients who have worn heavy earrings may have elongated holes or defects that are an annoyance.
Some individuals may also have keloid formation on the ear lobes which may also be surgical repaired.
Call our Princeton Junction office at Princeton Junction Office Phone Number 609-716-4600 or our Mercerville office at Mercerville Office Phone Number 609-587-2900 if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bradley or Dr. Sasportas today!
What can be done?
The doctors are trained in several surgical procedures to repair the ear lobes and may utilize more than one modality to achieve the best results. Very often a laser is utilized as an adjunct to initial surgery or is employed after some delayed healing. The doctors will even “re-pierce” the ear lobes once healing is complete.
In advanced cases, such as those with keloids, it is often necessary to wear “pressure” clip-on earrings for a period of time to suppress the healing response. Very tiny needles may be utilized to inject a small dose of a steroid to minimize the abnormal healing response as well.
What is the procedure?
The areas that will be treated are marked and photographed for patient awareness of the planed surgery. The digital photos also serve to document the amount of improvement after surgery.
The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia in most cases. If IV sedation or general anesthesia is desired, this can be provided as well. Very fine sutures are placed to re-align and repair the ear lobes. Steri-strips are usually placed on top of the surgical site for 3 to 5 days. Patients are generally instructed to keep the site out of direct water to 48 hours. An antibiotic ointment is gently applied for 2-3 days.
What happens after surgery?
Initial healing is usually completed in 2 to 3 weeks. The strength of the repair increases with time. At about 12 weeks, the doctors may allow for “re-piercing” of the ear lobes. In other cases, a slight revision with dermabrasion or laser may be advocated to conceal any lines.