Torn earlobes are commonly caused by long term usage of large earrings or trauma to the ear while the earring is in place. Long term wearing of heavy earrings can cause the slit to widen and it will eventually tear through the ear lobe. As the slit enlarges it will become harder to secure earrings to your ear lobes. This can be bothersome to patients and prevent them from wearing jewelry in their ears. Trauma to the earlobes is also a common cause of torn earlobes and can be caused while playing sports or playing with children.
Will the earlobe tear heal without surgery?
Usually not. Once the slit has enlarged it will usually epithelialize, the same is true once the earlobe is torn. In these situations you need to remove the epithelium to allow the edges to heal to each other.
How much does earlobe repair cost in Tampa and St Petersburg?
The starting cost for the repair of a non complicated ear lobe tear at our practice is $550. This price is higher for gauged ears and tears involving cartilage.
How are torn earlobes repaired?
Dr Rayess repairs torn earlobes at his office in Tampa using local anesthesia only. There is no need for sedation. Most commonly the skin lining is removed and the raw edges are meticulously brought together to close the hole.
What is the recovery like for torn earlobes?
The recovery is simple. There is minimal discomfort. You will need to clean the incision line with peroxide on a q tip and place ointment over the incision lines. Avoid using a blow dryer until the incision gains sensation to avoid accidental burning of the ear lobes. The sutures will be removed in the office in 5-7 days.
When can I wear earrings again?
Typically 6-8 weeks following the procedure. At that point you will have a checkup with the Dr Rayess and if everything looks healed you can go ahead and get your ears pierced again!
What about gauged earlobes in Tampa?
Gauged earlobes can be closed if they become too large or bother the patient. These are more complicated than regular earlobe repair because they require more rearrangement of the tissue in order to recreate the ear lobe. That is why it is important to see a facial plastic surgery specialist who has experience in this.
What about earlobe reduction surgery in Tampa?
Earlobe reduction is a common procedure we perform in patients who have long and sagging earlobes. This is a procedure that can be done in clinic or is often combined with a facelift.