EAR LOBE REPAIR
Heavy earrings, excess pulling on the earring and direct trauma to the earlobe can cause a partial split or a complete tear in the ear lobule. Torn earlobes occur with more regularity than realized. However, a split or torn earlobe can be brought back together and repaired. Elongated or stretched earlobes from wearing heavy earrings or gauges can be normalized in appearance.In most cases, the ear can be re-pierced about 10 to 12 weeks after repair.
EAR LOBE REPAIR PROCEDURE
Ear lobe repair is typically performed under local anesthesia.The healed skin under the torn ear lobe is simply cut away and fine sutures are placed along the edges to heal them back together. An incision line forms, however, it may take several months to heal and be less noticeable. Sometime a keloid or thicker scar may form as a result of the procedure; however, they can be treated with special medicine to help settle the scar.
Otoplasty is commonly referred to as “pinning back” of the ears. This procedure is available for children once their ears have stopped developing, which occurs around the age of six. Over-developed ears can be a source of psychological stress and trauma and treatment should be considered at a young age before it becomes a serious issue later in adolescence. For many children, this has the source of ridicule, however, it is never too late to correct protruding ear as surgery is routinely performed on adult patients as well.Young or old, ear shaping surgery can make a significant difference in individual self-esteem and how one view’s them self.
To better understand your overall health, a thorough evaluation of your medical history will be conducted prior to surgery. In addition, a full examination of your ears will be done to determine the most effective surgical approach. While there are numerous techniques for this surgery, some are aggressive in that the cartilage itself is cut and contoured. After a complete consultation, Dr. Singh will utilize the most conservative techniques, which will be selected on individual basis changing the shape of the ear in a natural way.
The surgery can be performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. The doctor will discuss which option will be best for you prior to the procedure. Dr. Singh treats this condition by either folding the cartilage located on the back of the ear or removing excess cartilage or combination of both. Sutures and bandages are applied to speed the healing process. The procedure typically takes a few hours.
After Care for Otoplasty Procedure
After the procedure a dressing and bandage are placed around the ear, which is removed the next day. A tennis type headband is worn by the patient for several days and at night for a week following the procedure. Female patients with long hair can hide the ear and return to work in as little as 48 hours. Generally patients should refrain from strenuous exercise for 2 weeks. Depending on the specific procedure some patients will have sutures that are removed 14 days after surgery. Pain associated with the procedure is minimal and can be easily treated with oral medication. Refraining from sleeping on the ears is required and patients are advised to use a very soft pillow. Patients may begin showering with shampoo after a few days following the procedure. Two-to-three days of recovery should be expected before normal activities can be resumed.