Ear Lobe Repair


Overview of Ear Lobe Repair

As a comparatively simple procedure, earlobe repair surgery is one of the most regularly performed surgeries by us. The main purpose of this procedure is to fix a patient’s stretched or torn or floppy earlobes.

  • Patients opting for this procedure are divided into two main categories:Younger patients who have either deliberately stretched their earlobes or have torn one or both earlobes due to an accident.
  • Older patients with floppy earlobes as a result of natural aging.

Ear Lobe Repair FAQs

How is the Procedure Performed?

Earlobe repair is a relatively minor surgical procedure. The local anesthetic is injected with a very fine needle; as soon as the area is numb, the process involves removing stretched or torn skin edges using radio-wave surgery or CO2 laser. After this, the skin is sutured together using delicate sutures and tissue glue. The emphasis of this procedure is to restore the natural-looking shape of the earlobes.

What is the Duration of This Procedure?

This procedure generally takes between 40 to 60 minutes to perform.

Am I Going to Be Conscious During the Surgery?

We perform this procedure routinely using safe doses of local anesthesia while the patient is conscious. We also provide this procedure under Twilight Sedation at an accredited day hospital, in case the patient wishes to be asleep during the surgery. (Additional costs are related to this option.)

What is the Degree of Pain Associated With the Procedure?

As soon as the treatment area has been numbed, you will not be able to feel any pain. We make every effort to make sure that every procedure we perform causes minimal pain or discomfort.

What is Recovery Like Following the Surgery?

This procedure is tolerated by most people exceptionally well. Patients can go home right after the surgery and do not need prolonged post-surgical hospital admission or monitoring.

Will There Be a Visible Scar Afterward?

In many cases, the incision scars are hardly noticeable and begin to fade quickly within a few weeks. We have the most extensive range of Fractional CO2 Lasers to help lessen any scarring, whether associated with surgery or trauma. Patients may experience some numbness in the area that is treated after the surgery. However, this effect will go away with time.

How Much Time Off Am I Advised to Take From Work?

Most patients can go back to office-based work within 5 to 10 days. It is recommended by us to take at least two weeks off if your work if it involves heavy physical activity or traveling. A Medical Certificate can be organized, which will not state the name of your procedure.

When Can I Begin Exercising Again?

Mild activity is appropriate after 72 hours, while light exercise is usually acceptable after two weeks with the condition that recovery is going well.

What Are the Potential Risks and Complications of This Surgery?

Like any surgical procedure, this procedure comes with possible associated risks and complications that include, but are not restricted to:

  • Infection.
  • Over-correction.
  • Inadequate correction.
  • Swelling and discomfort.
  • Delayed healing and unfavourable scarring.
  • Prolonged numbness.
  • Temporary skin discolouration in the incision lines.

What Are the Risks of Using Local Anesthesia?

Very high quantities of local anesthesia are known to result in systemic toxicity which can lead to cardiovascular compromise.

All procedures are performed under local anesthesia and are done using a minimal amount of local anesthetic agents to ensure patient safety

How Do I Know if I Am Fit for This Procedure?

To be regarded as suitable for undergoing any elective cosmetic procedure, you have to:

  • Be physically fit and active.
  • Have a balanced and healthy diet.
  • Be of sound emotional/mental health.
  • Have realistic expectations of the outcome.

Who Would Be Considered Unsuitable for This Procedure?

People unfit to undergo this procedure are:

  • Physically unwell with pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Those with a history of keloid scarring.
  • Those with unrealistic expectations.
  • Those who are going through emotional stress and trauma.
  • Those we are not able or not willing to follow a healthy lifestyle (regarding their exercise and diet) after the surgery.

I Have Booked My Surgery; How Should I Prepare for It?

Ensure that you avoid the use of blood-thinning medication such as Nurofen, Aspirin, Heparin, and Warfarin. Please talk to your General Practitioner in detail and make sure you are aware of any side effects of your latest medication.

Herbal medication and nutritional supplements like St John’s Wart, garlic, ginger, ginseng, fish oil, and homeopathic or herbal tonics should also not be used for at least two weeks prior to your surgery. These substances are known for their potential to thin blood and as such, may lead to excessive bleeding during and after the surgery.

What Can I Do to Reduce Any Complications Associated With This Surgery?

It is crucial that you follow the pre-surgical instructions given to you by our staff. Alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking are two primary concerns when it comes to increasing potential risks related to any surgery. Please avoid these harmful agents for at least two weeks (or more) prior to your surgery.

Consumption of alcohol and cigarettes:

  • Interfere with the body’s natural healing processes.
  • Increase the pain and discomfort related to any operation.z
  • Increase the risk of potential complications like bleeding, wound infection and scarring.
  • Increase recovery time.

What Can I Do to Improve My Recovery?

In clinical practice, we have found that a herbal substance known as Arnica is helpful in reducing bleeding during or after the surgery. It also assists in healing and minimizes bruising. This naturally occurring herb is available in the form of oral supplements and is found in most of the health food stores and pharmacies in Australia.

Above all, a healthy lifestyle, good sleep, and a balanced nutritional diet after surgery are important factors for optimum healing.

What is the Cooling-off Period and Why is It Necessary?

A cooling-off period of 2 weeks is needed after your initial consultation to give you sufficient time to thoroughly evaluate the risks and benefits of your chosen elective cosmetic surgery.

We want all our patients to feel completely confident when making their decision.

What is the Total Cost of the Surgery?

The cost of earlobe repair surgery depends upon the extent of the damage of the earlobe. Small tear repair costs around $400 for one earlobe, while repairing larger tears and stretched earlobes may amount up to $800 to $1,200 for one side. Usually, the cost of otoplasty surgery is between $4,000 to $6,500.