“I was taking my scarf off and it caught on my earring and partially tore the lobe.” Or, “I thought gauging (the practice of stretching the ear lobe by wearing increasingly larger plugs in pierced ear holes) was cool a few years ago. Now my ear lobes are just sagging and ugly looking and I can’t wear any pretty earrings.” Do either of these scenarios sound familiar? These are just a couple of the reasons clients bring to us at Advanced Liposuction Center, searching for a solution to make their ear lobes attractive again. In other cases a person may have been born with a deformed lobe or an accident or trauma damaged it. Fortunately, there is a way to fix unsightly ear lobes.
Surgical Reconstruction: Safe and Simple
Our expert board certified cosmetic surgeons can safely reshape your ear lobes. The procedure can be done in one of our conveniently located Pittsburgh area offices and basically involves the doctor removing a small piece of skin and then carefully stitching the edges of the ear lobe together, forming a pleasing contour. The process is nearly pain-free (your ear lobe is numbed with a local anesthesia) and can usually be completed in under an hour, depending on the extent of the contouring that is necessary.
Post Operative Care
After the anesthesia wears off, your ear may feel warm and swollen. Some bruising may occur about a week after the procedure. As a precaution, the doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to prevent infection and you are encouraged to take Vitamin C to boost your natural immunity. Some minimal scarring will occur. Using vitamin E can help reduce the appearance of a scar as can laser resurfacing treatments if necessary. You will be able to re-pierce your ear lobe 6-8 weeks after surgery.