Earlobe Repair in Atlanta, GA
The earlobes are susceptible to changes caused by wearing earrings, gauging and injuries. The earlobes may be elongated or have thick scars. Double board certified plastic surgeon, Marisa Lawrence, M.D., can help with earlobe repair for men and women in Alpharetta, Atlanta and surrounding areas in Georgia.
What is Earlobe Repair?
Over time, wearing earrings may cause undesirable changes in the appearance of your ears. The piercing site and the earlobe itself may elongate. The earlobes may tear or split from even the slightest pull on the earrings, leaving a conspicuous and unsightly appearance. In certain skin types, the earlobes may form keloids (benign but thickened scars), which may be disfiguring and prevent the use of earrings. With earlobe repair, undesirable changes in the earlobe may be corrected to improve appearance, remove keloids, or allow continued use of earrings.
What Are the Benefits of Earlobe Repair?
The primary benefit of earlobe repair is a more natural shape and size to the lobes. The surgery is quick and easy.
Am I a Candidate for Earlobe Repair?
Dr. Lawrence performs earlobe repair with local anesthesia, so it is safe for most people who want to correct the size and shape of their earlobes.
What Should I Expect from Earlobe Repair?
Earlobe repair is a procedure performed in the office under local anesthesia.
For a torn or stretched earlobe:
- The skin inside the tear is meticulously removed and a three-layered skin closure is performed. The three layered closure involves stitching the skin on the back of the earlobe, the subcutaneous tissue in the middle of the earlobe, and the skin on top of the earlobe. This complex closure prevents the formation of cysts and provides for the best cosmetic result. Dr. Lawrence uses meticulous technique to ensure the curve at the bottom of the earlobe is maintained. Sometimes a special procedure called a “z-plasty” may be needed.
- Dr. Lawrence also injects fillers such as Juvéderm® into earlobes with piercings that have stretched but are not torn all the way through. By plumping up the earlobe, the ear pierce opening is narrowed. At the same time, injectable fillers can transform a thin, aged earlobe into a rejuvenated, more youthful earlobe.
For a keloid:
- Dr. Lawrence removes the keloid surgically, followed by steroid injections into the area to prevent keloid regrowth.
There may be slight swelling after earlobe repair. Stitches are used whenever needed and will dissolve on their own. You will be asked to apply antibiotic ointment on the incision for a week and will need to wait approximately three to six months before re-piercing your earlobes. Through experience, Dr. Lawrence recommends new ear piercing sites be placed at a slightly different location, as the scar is weaker than the surrounding skin and may tear more easily.
With keloid removal, you will need to have steroid injections into the earlobe every few weeks for one to two months. Dr. Lawrence may also recommend you wear special silicone pressure earrings to prevent regrowth of the keloid.
How Much Does Earlobe Repair Cost in Atlanta, GA?
Because earlobe surgery is tailored to the patient, the cost varies. We provide this information during the consultation. For your convenience, we accept payment by cash, check, credit card and CareCredit® financing.
Torn, stretched and scarred earlobes are common problems for men and women in Alpharetta, Atlanta and other communities in Georgia. If you are interested in earlobe repair, contact double board certified plastic surgeon, Marisa Lawrence, M.D., to schedule a personal consultation at her boutique practice.