Damage to the earlobes is common among men and women. Heavy earrings and gauging stretch and tear the earlobes. Injuries are also common.
Earlobe repair from double board certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Steven J. Rottman repairs the natural shape of the earlobes for the men and women in Baltimore, MD, and surrounding communities.
Earlobe repair is a plastic surgery procedure that repairs and restores your earlobes. For torn earlobes, the procedure reconnects the earlobe. Dr. Rottman also treats stretched and elongated earlobes that are caused by heavy earrings and gauging.
Ear gauging and earrings are popular among men and women, but over time we may change our personal style. Unfortunately, these practices permanently change the shape and size of your earlobes. Earlobe repair helps men and women who no longer wish to have gauged earlobes or whose earlobes are stretched as a result of heavy earrings. Earlobe repair is also effective for repairing damage that may occur during sports, accidents, and other traumatic events.
The procedure is performed in our office and requires only local anesthesia. If your earlobe repair is necessary because of a recent injury, and your earlobe has not healed, Dr. Rottman may be able to repair the lobe with sutures.
For stretched and gauged earlobes, or older injuries that have healed, Dr. Rottman will remove some of the soft tissue before he sutures your earlobes. The entire procedure takes less than one hour.
If you injure your earlobe, please seek immediate medical attention to prevent excessive bleeding and infection.
You may feel some minor throbbing and discomfort in your earlobes once the anesthesia wears off. Your earlobes may also be swollen and tender. These symptoms typically last only one to two days. Dr. Rottman advises you about the proper care needed after your earlobe repair. It is important that you keep the area clean. After about ten days, Dr. Rottman removes the stitches. After about six months, you can re-pierce your ears if desired.
In the case of earlobe repair from trauma and injury, your insurance may cover a portion of the cost, but you may be responsible for a co-payment, deductible, and co-insurance. Please check with your insurance carrier to verify coverage. In the case of earlobe repair due to stretching and gauging, these services are most likely not covered by your insurance. We work with CareCredit® to offer our patients affordable monthly payments. Please visit our financing page to learn more.
If you are unhappy with the shape and size of your earlobes, or if you have injured your earlobes, we recommend earlobe repair. Dr. Rottman is able to use the existing soft tissue to restore the shape and size of your earlobes. We do, however, advise our patients that the earlobes may be smaller due to limited amounts of soft tissue and the extent of the injury.
Symmetry is one of the most important aspects of earlobe repair. Dr. Rottman carefully considers his surgical approach during earlobe repair to maintain, and possibly improve, the symmetry of your earlobes. If perfect symmetry is not possible, he adapts his approach to have as much symmetry as possible.
Dr. Rottman examines your earlobes to determine the extent of repair necessary. For injuries, he may proceed with the surgery immediately after your consultation.
In other cases, he schedules an appointment for the procedure. Dr. Rottman will explain the procedure step by step, as well as the anticipated outcomes of your earlobe repair.
Dr. Steven J. Rottman is a cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery expert who serves the men and women of Baltimore and surrounding areas. Dr. Rottman is recognized for his approach to plastic and reconstructive surgery that gives his patients exceptional natural-looking results.
Because each patient is unique, Dr. Rottman uses both traditional and advanced techniques for his procedures.
Please contact us today to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Rottman.
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