What Is Ear Lobe Correction?
Ear lobe correction is a minimaly invasive surgery reconstructive procedure meant to correct split, ripped, torn, drooping, stretched-out or unusually large earlobes. It is one the most common procedures performed by facial cosmetic surgeons. People tend to have this surgery for number of reasons. Prime amongst it is the wearing down of the earlobe due to excessive wearing of heavy earrings followed by those who opted for gauging (that is stretching the earlobes intentionally) but now want to go back to their initial ear lobe size. Apart from these there might be individuals who have had acute trauma or an injury and thus need the earlobe repaired or may want to correct hereditary or congenital deformities. Since earlobes are soft and pliable—they are mainly composed of skin and fat and have no cartilage—they are prone to tearing or becoming elongated over time.
An earlobe repair is an outpatient procedure and the kind of surgery required largely depends on the extent of treatment needed. It is a relatively pain-free procedure. Most patients are able to drive themselves home immediately afterwards. Once the surgery has been completed, a bandage or surgical dressing is placed on the earlobes to prevent infection, minimize swelling and bruising, and maintain the new shape. The dressing needs to remain on the earlobes for several days after the procedure.
Earlobe correction doesn’t require any downtime. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities almost immediately. However, there may be some minor pain, swelling or discomfort during the first few days following earlobe repair. Over-the-counter pain medication (ibuprofen or acetaminophen) may be used to manage discomfort.
It will take 4 to 6 weeks for the swelling to go down completely and for the ear lobes to fully heal. One can notice the final results after the healing has completed. The earlobes will appear symmetrical and natural, and have a ‘normal’ contour. Scarring is usually minimal.
After two or three months, the ears can be re-pierced, if desired. However, the repaired lobes tend to be weaker than they were before the earlobe repair thus making them more susceptible to tearing. For that reason, very large or heavy earrings should be avoided; smaller earrings are recommended.There is the possibility that a revision surgery may be needed in the future.
At Musk Clinic, all our earlobe correction procedures are done with an ELLMAN electrocautery which is the most technologically advanced radiowave device allowing a precise and minimally invasive procedure. This technology (like lasers) allows bloodless surgery which means faster healing and less pain and bruising