Ear lobes are made up of little more than fat tissue and will generally heal quite rapidly, except in cases of serious damage. Excessive damage may be caused by wearing large spacers or heavy earrings, or the trauma of an earring becoming caught on something (like a child’s hand) and tearing the earlobe.
An earlobe reconstruction aims to fix a stretched or torn earlobe, restoring the natural look of the ear with minimal scarring. Ear lobes which have undergone a reconstruction can eventually be re-pierced if desired, although re-stretching is not recommended!
Dr Avery has over a decade’s experience in plastic surgery and has been performing ear lobe reconstructions in Newcastle since 2013.
During your initial consultation, Dr Avery will assess your relevant medical history and before going any further, ensure that an ear lobe reconstruction is a safe and appropriate choice for you.
Whether you are considering an ear lobe reconstruction alone or in combination with another surgery, book a consultation with Dr Avery and together you can discuss the different options available, developing a personalised treatment plan.
Ear lobe reconstruction surgery is a fairly simple procedure which aims to correct and repair damage to the soft earlobe tissue with minimal scarring. The entire operation is will generally take less than 30 minutes for each ear, depending on the complexity of the procedure.
During the surgery, the skin around the tear or piercing tract is excised and any excess tissue is removed, before the skin is closed with sutures. This can sometimes result in a slightly smaller earlobe than before but it recreates a normal shape.
Ear lobe reconstruction is a day surgery performed in hospital, so you should be able to go home shortly after the operation. Bandages will not be required, but the use of antibiotic ointment may be recommended for the first week to reduce the risk of infection.
There may be some discomfort and mild swelling, which generally subsides about a week after the operation. If non-dissolvable sutures have been used, they will need to be taken out roughly 1–2 weeks after surgery.
Patients may often return to work and normal activities straight away, yet contact sports that may damage the ears are discouraged within the first 2 weeks following surgery.
In the event of pain and discomfort, over-the-counter pain medication should suffice. If circumstances change at any stage during the recovery period, then the pain medication can certainly be adjusted accordingly.
Scars from ear lobe reconstruction surgery are very small and will generally fade to almost invisible, although this can vary depending on how well the patient’s skin copes with scarring.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Dr Avery is a member of the two leading professional associations for plastic surgeons in Australia, ASAPS and ASPS. Their websites provide additional information regarding plastic surgery in Australia that you might find useful, please visit ASAPS and ASPS.