For our patients suffering from the consequences of extreme body piercings, the only way to repair severe ear modification is through surgical treatment, also known as earlobe reconstruction. Burt & Will also provides different kinds of earlobe reconstruction, whether it’s for repairing split ears, oversized earlobes from gauges, or reducing overly large earlobes.

Certain patients who wore heavy earrings for years have experienced a gradual elongation of their piercing, oftentimes leading to an eventual split in the earlobe. Not only are split earlobes unappealing, but they often prevent the patient from being able to wear piercings in the future.

Our patients who wore plugs and tunnels-more commonly known as gauges-for years might find that their ears are unbelievably stretched out and unable to shrink back to its original size. These patients are often left with drooping earlobes with gaping holes; which is more than just an aesthetically displeasing condition, since they actually prevent people from joining the military service. Earlobe reconstruction can restore the earlobe to a natural size while also reshaping it.

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Other patients often seek earlobe reconstruction for cosmetic reasons; overly large earlobes can make someone self-conscious and feel as if their features are out of proportion. Droopy, large earlobes can even discourage someone from getting piercings or wearing their hair up.

Earlobe Reconstruction Procedure

Earlobe reconstruction is a fairly simple procedure, in fact, it can be performed with local anesthetic as an in-office procedure. When repairing a split ear lobe, your surgeon will excise a small amount of tissue from the earlobe and repair with sutures. Earlobe reconstruction is performed in a way to prevent any notches from forming and to allow the contour of the ear to become as smooth and normal as possible. This kind of earlobe reconstruction is a relatively quick procedure with sutures removed within one week.

Repairing earlobes after gauges or earlobe reduction are similar procedures with the same recovery period.  Most patients are healed enough to apply for the military within one week of the procedure. Oftentimes earlobe reduction can be performed concurrently with a facelift of neck lift type procedure. Six weeks after earlobe reconstruction, a patient can get their ears re-pierced in the office.

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