Torn and stretched ear lobe repairs
Ear lobes are regularly damaged and can be both unsightly and painful. Lobes that have been stretched or torn from earrings and flesh-plugs can be surgically repaired and made suitable for the reintroduction of earrings.
The procedure is conducted under local anesthesia and takes between 20 to 40 minutes per ear. If both lobes require surgery please note, only ONE ear will be repaired at a time. It is vital that the repaired lobe is not traumatised during the first week after your surgery – this includes sleeping on the effected side. By performing only one lobe repair at a time you will be less likely to disrupt or stretch the suturing whilst asleep.
Appropriate after-care is essential. This may include antiseptic bathing, gentle massage and scar tissue release. If you have had previous keloid scar formation you may also be prescribed a series of steroid injections following your surgery.
The ear lobe will be bandaged for 72 hours and must remain dry during this time. You will be reviewed by your doctor 48 to 72 hours after the procedure and a lighter dressing will be applied.
Sutures are usually removed 8 to 10 days after the surgical repair and the other lobe can be repaired.
The final cosmetic result will be seen 12 to 16 weeks after the surgical repair and the lobe can usually be re-pierced at this time. If you are considering re-piercing please discuss this with your doctor first.
Please note that for the cosmetic repair of ear lobes (those that have been stretched or damaged for some time), the procedure is not claimable through Medicare or through Private Health insurance. Acute lacerations to the ear lobe may be eligible for a Medicare rebate covering a portion of the surgical fee.
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