You might take your earlobes for granted until one or both are injured. You may have tried out the gauging fad back when it was popular to do so and you’re now regretting the gaping holes in your ears. Either way, the skilled dermatologists have you covered with earlobe repair.
Reasons for Earlobe Damage
Lobe gauging may seem like a fun choice when someone is hanging out with their friends, but it can lead to serious infections in the skin and underlying tissue. Alternatively, stretching or piercing the earlobe can lead to damage from the bottom portion of the earlobe splitting. In addition, the fad of have extremely stretched earlobes may not help someone to find a job in a business setting, and some employers will turn you away from an interview when you have a strange appearance.
Customized Earlobe Repair
Whatever the reason is for wanting an earlobe repair, you must visit an expert to have the best outcome. In addition to needing a thorough examination with medical images, you will need laboratory tests to determine if you have an infection from a gauging, piercing or accidental injury to the earlobes. Each individual requires a customized earlobe repair to fix problems such as rips in the skin or removal of infected tissue.
Creating Identical Earlobes
Our dermatologic surgeons must analyze the structure to ensure that both earlobes will look as identical as possible. You won’t want to have one earlobe that is longer than the other does because it will create an odd facial appearance. In addition, some individuals have free earlobes while other people have attached earlobes. Attached earlobes are often more difficult to repair because damage to this type of earlobe often also damages the side of the face.
Reducing Earlobe Size
Fixing the earlobe also requires understanding the internal components of the ears to prevent any hearing problems. Earlobe repair may be an easy process that requires tiny stitches to fix a rip in the skin, but it can also become a difficult repair to fix major problems such as a loss of underlying tissue. If the earlobe has stretched from wearing heavy earrings, then a surgeon must reduce the size of the inner and outer tissues.
Recovery Time Varies
The recovery time from earlobe surgery varies depending on the type of repair, and you may need to wear bandages or rest at home. The stitches used for earlobe repairs are typically absorbed into the skin, but you must care for the surgical site carefully to prevent an infection.
Contact Worcester Dermatology Associates today to schedule your consultation! We are conveniently located in both Worcester and Chelmsford, MA.