How Does Earlobe Reconstruction Work?

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If your earlobes have become damaged or misshapen due to age, injury, heavy jewelry, or intentional stretching that you'd like to reverse, earlobe reconstruction can help correct or restore the shape, size, and function of your earlobe.

At John F. Burnett, MD, in Fresno, CA, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Burnett can reshape your elongated earlobes to give you a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Keep reading to find out how earlobe surgery works.

What is earlobe reconstruction?

This procedure involves the removal of any excess tissue on the earlobe, followed by suturing the remaining tissue back together to create a more natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Earlobe reconstruction is typically performed as an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia, meaning you are awake but will not feel pain in the area being treated. Dr. Burnett begins by carefully removing any excess tissue or skin around the earlobe, preserving as much healthy tissue as possible.

Once the excess tissue has been removed, he will suture the remaining tissue back together, creating a natural-looking earlobe. The sutures used in the procedure are typically dissolvable and will break down on their own over time, so they do not need to be removed.

What is recovery like after earlobe repair surgery?

Patients can typically return to their normal activities the same day after earlobe surgery. But it's best to avoid any strenuous activity for a few days to let your body reserve energy for healing. While patients may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the earlobe area, these symptoms typically subside within a week or two.

Ice packs applied to the area can help reduce swelling and discomfort in the first few days following the procedure. Dr. Burnett may also prescribe pain medication if needed.

It is essential to follow postoperative instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and optimal results. Patients should avoid touching or pulling on their earlobes and avoid wearing earrings or other jewelry in the earlobe area until the surgeon gives the green light.

What results can I expect after plastic surgery on my earlobes?

You should see immediate results after earlobe reconstruction surgery. Repaired earlobes will be smaller, more defined, and more proportional to your face. Since the sutures used in the procedure dissolve over time, you don't have to worry about visible scarring.

The new earlobe will also be able to better support earrings or other jewelry, allowing patients to wear their favorite pieces once again. The results of earlobe reconstruction surgery are long-lasting and can be maintained with proper care and attention.

Who is a candidate for earlobe reconstruction?

Ideal candidates for earlobe reconstruction surgery include individuals with torn or elongated earlobes due to trauma, aging, or piercing. Candidates should be in good overall health, with realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure.

Patients with certain medical conditions or taking certain medications may not be good candidates for the procedure. It is essential to discuss your medical history and any medications you are taking with your surgeon during your consultation to determine if earlobe reconstruction surgery is right for you.

Get earlobe reconstruction plastic surgery in Fresno, CA

Earlobe reconstruction surgery is a safe and effective procedure that can help restore the shape, size, and function of the earlobe.

If you're ready to find out if earlobe surgery can help you, schedule a consultation with Dr. John Burnett today at John F. Burnett, MD in Fresno, CA.

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