Ear Lobule Repair

Ear is an essential sense organ in our body and it is essential to not only understanding the sounds and voices, but also in adding beauty to our face, sometimes with earrings. Saggy or torn earlobes will not impact hearing but it affects the appearance of the face. Many consider it awkward and often results in low self-esteem. Fortunately, earlobe repair by a skilled Ear Surgeon like Dr. Shree Rao can rectify the condition and restore one’s looks, confidence and self-esteem. Though a simple, outpatient procedure that takes not more than an hour, earlobe repair surgery needs precision and skill. Hence it is important to consult an experienced ear surgeon.

Ear lobule tear surgery is a common procedure used to correct earlobe deformities, such as a torn or stretched ear lobule. This type of surgery is relatively straightforward and can usually be completed in under an hour. The procedure involves making a small incision in the ear lobule and removing the excess skin. It is then sutured back together so that the ear lobule looks normal again. In some cases, ear lobule reconstruction may be necessary to ensure the best possible outcome.

Recovery time following ear lobule tear surgery can vary depending on the patient’s individual circumstances. Generally, the healing process takes around two weeks, with the stitches being removed approximately a week after the procedure. During this time, it is important to avoid any strenuous activities and to keep the ear dry in order to allow for proper healing. Additionally, it is important to use sunscreen and to avoid exposure to the sun to help minimise scarring.

Overall, ear lobule tear surgery is a safe and effective way to restore the appearance of the ear lobule. With proper care and attention, patients can expect a successful outcome and a return to normal activities in a matter of weeks.

WHAT IS EAR LOBULE TEAR?

Earlobe is the small piece of skin that hangs down from the outer edge of each ear. Earlobes can be injured by pulling them or piercing with an object like a needle or safety pin, this can rupture the earlobe and cause pain and bleeding. Using heavy jewellery for a long time will also make the earlobe saggy and lead to spitting or tearing. The earring holes also get bigger than usual with time and usage. If the earlobes become saggy or stretched then the ear surgeon will clear the excess tissue and repair the lobe to its normal size and shape.

WHAT ARE THE COMMON CAUSES OF EARLOBE TEAR?

Ear lobe tear is a common condition that can occur when the earlobe is stretched due to wearing earrings that are too heavy or too large for the earlobe, or due to trauma. Other causes of ear lobe tear include infection, skin diseases, and genetic predisposition. Trauma to the earlobe, such as from tugging on earrings, can cause tearing, splitting, or ripping of the earlobe. Infections cause inflammation and swelling, which can weaken the skin, making it more susceptible to tearing. Certain skin diseases, such as psoriasis and eczema, can cause dry, scaly skin which can tear easily when stretched. Lastly, genetic predisposition can cause ear lobes to be thinner and more fragile, making them more prone to tearing. Treatments for earlobe tear can include antibiotics, topical creams, or surgery.

CAN NEGLECTING EARLOBE TEAR BE HARMFUL?

Yes, neglecting an earlobe tear can be harmful. Without proper treatment, the tear can become infected, leading to pain, swelling, and redness. In some cases, the infection can spread to other parts of the body and can cause serious complications. It is important to seek medical attention if you notice any signs of infection such as redness, swelling, or pain.

WHAT IS EARLOBE REPAIR SURGERY?

Earlobe repair surgery, also known as earlobe restoration, is a simple outpatient surgery which can be done in less than an hour. The surgery will fix torn, sagging or stretched earlobes. The surgery will be performed under the local anaesthesia. The doctor will mark the area for surgical incision and remove or trim the enlarged tissue to bring back the original shape of the earlobe. It is a simple and painless procedure and an effective way to get back your natural appearance. Earlobe tears can be partial or multiple. Partial and multiple tears are mostly seen in women caused by multiple earring holes or external trauma. Multiple tears are stitched to get the correct shape of the ear.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF EARLOBE SURGERY?

Most earlobe split or hole reconstruction surgeries come under two categories – Surgical Repair or Primary Suture Repair (PSR) and Glue-only. After examining the earlobe, Dr. Shree Rao, Ear Surgeon will advise you on the type of surgery that is best suited for you.

WHAT IS GLUE-ONLY REPAIR?

Glue-only repairs involve using dermal adhesives like Dermabond. These glues bring together only the skin surfaces and not the underlying soft tissue. Dr. Shree Rao has vast experience in handling this procedure skillfully and with best outcomes in terms of strength of the earlobe and aesthetics.

You have to take care of your ear lobule post surgery, as there will be redness and swelling of the ear lobe for a few days. For about 1 to 7 days after the surgery, do not submerge the sutures in water. Also, you should not indulge in any strenuous activities for about 2 days. Stitches will be removed after 5 to 14 days. Do not apply pressure on the ear immediately after the surgery.

Yes, you can pierce your ears after the surgery and can add beautiful earrings too. It’s better to wait for 2-3 months after the surgery so that the ear will completely heal before re-piercing. The new piercing should be done away from the scar to prevent potential issues.

Earlobe repair surgery takes about 30 minutes for a single ear and 60 minutes for both the ears. Dr. Shree Rao uses advanced techniques and tools to ensure a speedy and less painful surgery.

As this is an outpatient procedure, the patient is not admitted and can go home, take rest or get back to work after the procedure.

The type of surgery and the surgical method are two elements that affect the cost of the process. Dr. Shree Rao, an ENT specialist, will give you the best, most prestigious care possible. She looks out for her patients’ needs and takes care of them. To learn more about the cost and type of surgery you require, speak with Dr. Shree Rao.

While ear piercing itself does not cause earlobe tears, the improper care of a newly pierced ear can lead to infection and the development of earlobe tears. It is important to ensure that all necessary safety precautions are taken when ear piercing a child, including using sterile piercing needles and jewellery, and properly cleaning and caring for the piercing area.

FAQs

Is there any alternative to earlobe tear surgery?

Surgery is the best and most efficient treatment for earlobe tear. Alternatives to surgery give you relief for a limited time. Some patients are not suitable for surgical glue and side effects are seen. Consult Dr. Shree Rao to get the right diagnosis for earlobe tear.

When should you consult a doctor about a tear in your earlobe?

If you are experiencing any irritation, inflammation and pus or injury to the earlobe. If the symptoms worsen or delay in consulting may lead to adverse conditions and it might be difficult to treat the earlobe tear.

Do I need to take post operative care?

  • Avoid loud music and using headphones
  • Do not sleep on the side of the operated ear
  • Try to avoid wearing clothes that rupture your ear

Does surgery leave a scar?

No, the surgical procedure performed by Dr. Shree Rao will ensure that the stitches will not leave you any scar and Dr. Shree Rao uses degradable stitches so that they will be dissolved.

About Dr. Shree C Rao

MBBS, MS (ENT)

Dr. Shree Cuddapah Rao, an ENT (Ear-Nose-Throat) surgeon, is a superspecialist microsurgeon in Otology and Cochlear implant surgeries. With 10+ years of deep domain experience in medical and surgical ENT, she is quite fittingly, the Head of the Cochlear Implant team at Dr. Rao’s ENT

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