Years of wearing heavy earrings can cause your earlobes to sag and the piercing to grow larger. In extreme cases, the earlobe may have torn through. Trauma or injuries can also stretch or tear the earlobe. By restoring the earlobe with our Philadelphia reconstructive and corrective facial procedures, you can enjoy the confidence of having an improved facial profile and of knowing that your earlobe is no longer distracting the attention of people you interact with.
Repairing the earlobe depends on the extent and nature of the damage. Our oculo-facial surgeons will use one of these treatment methods:
Soft-tissue filler: Using a soft-tissue filler, our oculo-facial surgeons can restore the shape, contour and volume of your earlobe. A filler is typically effective in cases in which the earlobe has become stretched and saggy because of heavy earrings. The soft-tissue filler replaces the lost volume of the earlobe and returns the skin to a shapely, full appearance.
Surgical earlobe revision: For an earlobe that is torn or has a piercing hole that is severely stretched, a simple surgical procedure may be the most effective way to repair the earlobe. This procedure usually involves removing a minimal amount of tissue if needed, then suturing the earlobe to reshape it. A hole is re-pierced for earrings.
Both of these treatments are relatively simple and easy to perform. The soft-tissue filler is administered with an injection, and requires no downtime and no anesthesia. These fillers are temporary, lasting several months to a couple of years depending on the type. The surgical revision can be performed in about an hour or less, and typically requires only local anesthesia, although we will discuss these options with you during your consultation.
You deserve to feel confident about your appearance. If you are unhappy with stretched, sagging earlobes, our experienced and board-certified oculoplastic surgeon can rejuvenate the appearance of your ears. While this type of ear damage used to simply be an unavoidable result of aging, years of wearing your favorite jewelry, or of certain types of injury, now you do not have to live with the embarrassment of stretched earlobes. During your consultation, Dr. Morgenstern or Dr. Giacometti can assess your earlobes, talk about your cosmetic goals with you, and help you decide the right option for rejuvenating this area of your head and face.
If you have stretched or torn earlobes and are wondering if earlobe repair is right for you, please contact Morgenstern Center for Orbital and Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation. Our experienced oculo-facial surgeons perform earlobe repair surgery for people from Philadelphia, Main Line, Wayne, King of Prussia and the neighboring tri state areas.