Ear Procedures

Ear Lobe Repair

Earlobe repair or reconstruction is a surgical procedure that aims to rectify any visible damage, such as ear stretching, tearing, or sagging that is caused by gauging, earring use, traumatic injuries, or congenital deformities. There are different types of earlobe deformities, and the surgical techniques to be used will depend on the size and severity of damage to the area.

Earlobe irregularities can disrupt the harmony, balance, and overall aesthetics of the face. Undergoing this surgery offers subtle improvement to the patient’s appearance, leaving them with earlobes that are ideally shaped and well-proportioned with the ears and other facial features.

Reasons to undergo this procedure

Earlobes can easily become deformed as they are highly prone to stretching and sagging. Apart from those with genetic deformities, earlobe repair is a popular procedure for patients who would like to restore their earlobes to their ideal form after damaging them through traumatic ear piercings or detrimental earring use. Others seek to repair unintentional damage, such as when earrings are accidentally pulled and cause excessive stretching or tearing to the earlobe.

This procedure can repair the following:

  1. Sagging earlobes
  2. Torn or disfigured earlobes
  3. Enlarged piercing holes
  4. Congenital or accidental ear deformities

What are the benefits?

While earlobe repair is a relatively simple procedure, it must be performed skillfully to ensure optimum lobe symmetry with little to no visible scarring.

As a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive head and neck surgery, Dr. Jacob Sedgh possesses the unique skills and artistry needed to sculpt your earlobes to the most ideal size, shape, and structure.

Under his expert care, you can expect the following benefits from your earlobe repair surgery:

  1. Normalized earlobe appearance
  2. Proportional earlobe size and shape
  3. Improved symmetry to the ears and face
  4. Increased self-confidence

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Initial Consultation

A successful consultation is essential in achieving your desired outcome. Dr. Sedgh, who is known for his professionalism and attentive bedside manner, will make you feel at ease as you explain your surgical goals and motivations. He will also provide comprehensive information about the surgery, to ensure that you understand all aspects of the specific procedure you want to undergo.

Dr. Sedgh will also conduct the following during the initial consultation:

  1. Inquire about your medical history and previous surgeries
  2. Thorough physical examination
  3. Explain the procedure and corresponding techniques
  4. Discuss the best execution plan for your needs

Overseas or out-of-town patients may also schedule a video consultation with Dr. Sedgh to avoid having to travel for the initial meeting. Medical tourism services are also available for those who require assistance in making the necessary travel arrangements for the procedure. This will cover transportation, hotel accommodations, and even aftercare services, if needed.

EAR LOBE REPAIR PROCEDURE

An earlobe repair procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, although you can discuss your other anesthetic options with the doctor prior to the procedure. As for the procedure itself, Dr. Sedgh uses tailor-fit surgical techniques to effectively address each patient’s individual concerns.

Earlobe damage varies from patient to patient. There are many different cases, ranging in both size and severity. In the case of minor tearing, Dr. Sedgh will carefully and conservatively remove any damaged or scarred skin. He will then close the gap with sutures to create the ideal earlobe shape.

In cases where the damage is more severe than a simple tear, a more complex and extensive surgery is usually required. To repair the earlobe, Dr. Sedgh will begin by removing any damaged tissues that cannot be salvaged. He will then sculpt the earlobe by strategically rearranging the remaining healthy tissues into the ideal size and shape. This is done with maximum precision and artistry to ensure optimum symmetry between the two ears, as well as overall facial balance and harmony.

Earlobe repair surgery usually takes around an hour to complete, depending on the extent of damage and the complexity of the surgery required to achieve the desired result.

RECOVERY

Earlobe repair is an outpatient procedure with very minimal downtime and a short recovery period. Following the procedure, Dr. Sedgh may apply surgical dressings to help maintain the new shape of the earlobes. These dressings will also serve to minimize swelling and protect against infection.

Side effects such as mild pain, swelling, and discomfort may occur in the first few days. You may also experience some itching as the sutures heal. In certain cases, Dr. Sedgh may prescribe over-the-counter medications to help minimize these effects and make your initial recovery more comfortable.

Over the course of your recovery, Dr. Sedgh will personally meet with you for regularly scheduled appointments so that he can properly monitor and assess your post-surgery progress. These meetings may be conducted over the phone, via video conferencing, or through a short clinic visit.

Patient Reviews

“It was excellent. He is a doctor who actually listens to your concerns and responds to them. He is extremely professional and is very caring about his patient’s care. When he performs surgery it is literally seamless. It is difficult to tell that what was done because he minimizes scarring.”

K. Laub

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