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Category: Earlobe

Gauged Earlobe Repair

In this video Dr. Friedman surgically repairs and then re-pierces a young woman’s gauged earlobe. The stretching caused by inserting larger and larger studs over time is reduced to a fine-line scar, and her ears demonstrate improved symmetry and aesthetic appearance.

Ronald M. Friedman, M.D.
Director, West Plano Plastic Surgery Center
Former Chief of Plastic Surgery, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas
www.plasticsurgerydallas.com

Can I Repair and Repierce My Earlobes at the Same Time?

Yes, you can do both at the same time.

Torn earlobes are incredibly common. Sometimes the earring pulls all the way through (complete tear); sometimes it just stretches out the hole, so that you have droopy earrings–or you start losing your studs. Either way, it would be nice to get your torn earlobe repaired and get new earrings all at once.

I know that many plastic surgeons recommend that you wait 6 to 8 weeks after earlobe repair to have your ears repierced. This has the following disadvantages:

  1. You have to come back to the office a second time for a second procedure.
  2. You have to have local anesthetic injected into your ears a second time.
  3. You have to go without earring for 6 to 8 weeks–when the whole point of the procedure is to allow you to wear earrings.

After practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years and repairing over 50 earlobes per year, I can state that it is perfectly safe to repierce your ears at the same time they are repaired. The keys to doing this successfully are:

  1. The new piercing cannot be performed in exactly the same spot as the old piercing. Otherwise the earring will simply pull through the new scar. This is true whether you have the repair/repierce at the same time or on separate dates.
  2. The new earring should be small, preferably a stud. This will allow you to care for your stitches as your repair is healing.
  3. The new earring must be left in place for at least a month before trying to change it. The danger is that you will accidentally place the earring through the adjacent repair site (see first point).
Before After (1 year)
Before Repair and Repiercing After Repair and Repiercing
59 year-old woman underwent earlobe repair and repiercing at the same time.

 

Before After (2 Months)
Before Earlobe Repair and Repiercing After Earlobe Repair and Repiercing
28 year-old woman underwent earlobe repair and repiercing at the same time.

 

 

Before After (2 months)
Before Earlobe Repair and Repiercing After Earlobe Repair and Repiercing
36 year-old woman underwent earlobe repair and repiercing at the same time.

 

Why wait 6 to 8 weeks for new ear piercings? Out with the old, in with the new–all at the same time.

 

Ronald M. Friedman, M.D.
Director, West Plano Plastic Surgery Center
Former Chief of Plastic Surgery, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas
www.plasticsurgerydallas.com

Earlobe Repair and Reduction: Everything You Always Wanted to Know

Repair of torn earlobes

Before torn earlobe repair

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after torn earlobe repair

After (2 weeks)

Dangling or heavy earrings, babies and toddlers pulling on earrings, piercing that are too low; these are among the many causes of torn earlobes.  Sometimes the earring just droops in a stretched-out piercing site (incomplete earlobe tear).  Sometimes after years of stretching, the earlobe just splits in half (complete earlobe tear).

Regardless of the cause and severity of the tear, torn earlobes can be repaired under local anesthesia in the West Plano Plastic Surgery Center.  The cost is quite reasonable at $425 for one ear or $725 for both (assuming single, uncomplicated tears in each ear).  We have laughing gas available at no additional charge.

The skin lining of the tear is removed, and the earlobe is repaired with two to three layers of stitches (inner ear skin, outer ear skin, and soft tissue between the skin each receive a layer of stitches).  The earlobes may be re-pierced at the same time (no additional charge).  You may bring small studs with you or pick them up at the Presbyterian Hospital of Plano gift shop one floor below our office.

Beautiful earrings look much better in beautiful ears.

Earlobe reduction for large earlobes

Some people have large earlobes.  They may have simply developed that way, or they may have stretched due to heavy earrings or aging.  Regardless of the cause, the result is a dangling, distractingly large earlobe.

Earlobe reduction may be performed under local anesthesia (with laughing gas, if desired, at no additional charge).  If the earlobe also happens to be torn, this can be repaired at the same time (also at no additional charge).  In fact, sometimes the torn part of the earlobe can be removed as part of the earlobe reduction.

before earlobe reduction

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after earlobe reduction

After (2 months)

Most commonly I perform removal of redundant earlobe tissue through an incision along the edge of the earlobe (Patient 2, above).  Essentially, you and I agree upon the new size and curvature of the earlobe, and this is drawn onto your ear.  Then the excess skin and soft tissue is removed—staying exactly on that line.  The intervening earlobe edge’s soft tissues are thinned, and the earlobe is repaired.  This technique primarily shortens earlobes that are too long.

before earlobe reduction wedge

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after earlobe reduction wedge

After (2 weeks)                                              

An alternative method is to perform a wedge-shaped excision of redundant earlobe tissue (Patient 3, above).  This creates a vertical scar (instead of a curved horizontal one) and enables narrowing of earlobes that are too wide, as well as some shortening of length.

Either procedure works well, and we can decide together which one will best suit your anatomy and preferences.

Repair and reduction for gauged earlobes 

Gauging the ears is popular with many teens and twenty-somethings.  Unfortunately, it leaves the earlobes severely stretched and deformed.  Many patients choose to repair gauged earlobes due to the eventual cosmetic appearance or due to lack of acceptance by workplaces and the military.  Repair of gauged earlobes entails a combination of torn earlobe repair and earlobe reduction.  The thinned rim of tissue along the lower part of the earlobe is removed as a wedge excision, creating a vertical incision in much the same way as a wedge earlobe reduction procedure (see above).  The more stretched the earlobe is prior to repair, the smaller the earlobe will be after repair. For more information about gauged earlobe repair including pricing please call our office at 469-467-0100.

before gauge repair

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after gauge repair

After (2 weeks)                                                      

For more information, including before and after photos of earlobe repairs and reductions, please visit www.plasticsurgerydallas.com or call us at 469-467-0100.

Ronald M. Friedman, M.D.

Director, West Plano Plastic Surgery Center

Former Chief of Plastic Surgery, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas

Dr. Friedman is the Founder and Director of the West Plano Plastic Surgery Center on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Plano. He has been named Best Plastic Surgeon by D Magazine for 6 consecutive years and is the 2012 plastic surgery winner of the Best of Plano and the Best of Denton.  He has offices in Plano and Flower Mound and serves the Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Colleyville, Grapevine, and Southlake communities.

Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in Wylie, Texas

Board-certified plastic surgeon, Ronald M. Friedman, M.D., has provided cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for the Wylie, Texas community since 1996.  Dr. Friedman serves as the Director of the West Plano Plastic Surgery Center, located on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Plano–just a 15 minute drive from Wylie.  Dr. Friedman is known for his natural results in breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, tummy tuck, mommy makeovers, and Botox and Restylane injections.

D Magazine has named Dr. Friedman a Best Plastic Surgeon for FIVE consecutive years.  He was also named a Texas SuperDoctor by Texas Monthly magazine for four consecutive years. While working on the full-time plastic surgery faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas,  Dr. Friedman served as the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Parkland Memorial.

Dr. Friedman has a unique background as a wood and marble sculptor for over 25 years.  He believes that his artistic background has helped him to become a better plastic surgeon.

For more information about Dr. Friedman, including before and after photos, please visit www.plasticsurgerydallas.com.

Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in Fairview, Texas

Board-certified plastic surgeon, Ronald M. Friedman, M.D., has provided cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for the Fairview, Texas community since 1996.  Dr. Friedman serves as the Director of the West Plano Plastic Surgery Center, located on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Plano–just a 15 minute drive from Fairview.  Dr. Friedman is known for his natural results in breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, tummy tuck, mommy makeovers, and Botox and Restylane injections.

D Magazine has named Dr. Friedman a Best Plastic Surgeon for five consecutive years.  He was also named a Texas SuperDoctor by Texas Monthly magazine for four consecutive years. While working on the full-time plastic surgery faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas,  Dr. Friedman served as the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Parkland Memorial.

Dr. Friedman has a unique background as a wood and marble sculptor for over 25 years.  He believes that his artistic background has helped him to become a better plastic surgeon.

For more information about Dr. Friedman, including before and after photos, please visit www.plasticsurgerydallas.com.

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