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Procedures at MKhan Dermatology


Ear lobe repair


EAR LOBE RECONSTRUCTION

Over time, a pierced earlobe can become stretched if a person frequently wears large or heavy earrings. In addition to creating a long or wide opening, earrings may tear completely through the lobe. A torn earlobe may also result from trauma, such as having an earring pulled off or caught on clothing.

Dr Misbah Khan can repair and reconstruct torn earlobes with a quick office-based procedure performed under local anesthesia. Ear lobe repairs are a very gratifying procedure and can significantly improve the side-view as well as frontal view profile of a patient. Patients seeking face-lifts or neck lift surgeries can chose to get the ear lobe repair at the same time as well.

After a detailed discussion with the patient, Dr Khan will decide the best and the most appropriate form of ear lobe repair for the patient. Some patients have significant soft tissue loss in the ear lobe as part of aging. In those subset of patients Dr Khan might chose to perform small volume fat transfer or a filler injection to replace the volume loss.

Procedure

Dr Khan performs the procedure under local anesthesia. Torn earlobe repair first involves "freshening" the edges of the torn lobe by removing a small amount of skin. Then, using very fine sutures, the earlobe is meticulously repaired to reconstruct a normal, rounded earlobe that matches your natural ear shape. Dr Khan might create a new piercing at the time or after the wound has healed.

You will be able to return home immediately after the procedure, with only a small bandage covering the stitches. The stitches will be removed after one to two weeks. When the earlobe has healed and the scar has softened, you may re-pierce the repaired earlobe. It may take up to three months for the earlobe to fully heal.

If additional support in the ear lobe is required, small volume fat injection will be placed once the wound has completely healed. This fat can be harvested from the patient’s own fat, either from the lower abdomen or the buttock skin. Alternatively, non-permanent fillers such as Restylene can also be used to provide volume and support. It is therefore encouraged that the patient discusses all these desired effects at the time of initial consultation with Dr Khan.