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Earlobe Repair in Baltimore, MD

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.

What Is Earlobe Repair?

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.

Benefits of Earlobe Repair

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.

How Is Earlobe Repair Performed?

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.

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Preparing for Earlobe Repair

If you injure your earlobe, please seek immediate medical attention to prevent excessive bleeding and infection.

Recovery from Earlobe Repair

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.

How Much Does Earlobe Repair Cost?

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.

Is Earlobe Repair Right for Me?

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.

Why Choose Dr. Steven J. Rottman for Earlobe Repair?

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.

What to Expect During Your Earlobe Repair Consultation

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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Practice policy regarding COVID-19:

On behalf of the entire team at Rottman Plastic Surgery, we'd like to take this moment to say thank you again for your loyalty and support. We hope you, your family, and friends are safe and well.

The past several months have been unlike anything any of us have ever experienced. We are working hard to adjust to the “new normal” in a meaningful and thoughtful way for the safety and health of you and our staff. This means doing things in new ways, while still providing the same quality of care and service you are accustomed to.

Every decision and action we take is based on this. We are creating an office environment that is safe and comfortable for everyone.

The following protocol is now in place:

General Office Precautions:

  • Screening concierge at the Front Desk
  • Taking steps to allow for social distancing of six feet or more
  • Limiting the number of patients in the office
  • Strict cleaning protocol for the entire office with a disinfectant effective against COVID-19
  • Spacing appointment times further apart to minimize patient interactions
  • No chairs / magazines in the waiting room

Daily Staff Screening:

  • Screening questionnaire every morning
  • Temperature check every morning
  • Symptomatic staff will be sent home
  • Cleaning of all personal cell phones and washing hands upon entering office
  • Staff will wear face coverings at all times
  • Increased and enhanced cleaning and sanitization of exam rooms and common areas

Screening of Patients:

  • All patients will have their temperature checked upon arrival
  • Patients with temperatures >100 F will need to reschedule their appointment
  • COVID-19 Patient Screening Questionnaire upon arrival
  • A face covering / mask is required to enter the office
  • Patients should come alone – no guests will be allowed in the office
  • Patients should have makeup removed and hair in a pony tail
  • Patients wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering office

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