Earlobe Repair in Houston
Over time, earlobes can become stretched or start to droop with age. Heavy earrings, gauges, tearing or trauma resulting in damage to the earlobes are also fairly common. Earlobe Repair, or lobuloplasty, offers a solution to correct split, torn, or outstretched earlobes by tightening the skin, resulting in a more natural-looking appearance. Otoplasty or ear pinning surgery may also be an option for you if you would like to reshape the overall appearance of your ears. Houston Earlobe Repair specialist, Dr. Scott Reis uses the most up-to-date techniques to deliver natural-looking results.
Am I A Candidate for Earlobe Repair?
Earlobe Repair surgery is commonly performed on candidates that have enlarged holes from oversized earrings or gauges, stretched skin, or full tearing as a result of trauma.1 This procedure is also an option for anyone that is simply unhappy with their earlobe shape and would like to resize and tighten the skin in this area.
The Earlobe Repair Procedure
During your initial consultation, Dr. Reis will sit down with you to review your medical history and overall goals. Once you and Dr. Reis have determined that Earlobe Repair is the best option, he will create your personalized surgical plan. During surgery, Dr. Reis will use small sutures to fix tearing and tighten the skin around the earlobes. Depending on your desired result, he will reconstruct the skin to match your overall ear shape.
Recovery & Results After Earlobe Repair
Upon completing the repair successfully, Dr. Reis and his team will be sure to send you home with clear and helpful after-care instructions. Downtime is minimal and the outer layer of fine stitches placed during the procedure will be removed after one week. Once the earlobe is fully healed, it will be safe to re-pierce the area. Depending on your specific recovery, this can take up to 4-6 months, but typically it is safe to re-pierce within three months. Results should be apparent almost immediately with minimal scarring when after-care instructions are followed closely.
Dr. Reis often recommends Fractional Co2 Laser Treatment to his patients in order to improve the appearance of scars after surgery, as well as Alastin Regenerative Skin Nectar and Skinuva Silicone Scar Gel. And as always, protection from the sun and UV exposure is critical to optimal hidden scaring.
Contact Dr. Scott Reis for Earlobe Repair in Houston
1 Vathulya, M., Jain, V. & Jain, P. Simple Tips for Ear Lobule Reconstruction-“Lobuloplasty Revisited”. Indian J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 71, 1096–1098 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12070-017-1186-2