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What is Recovery from Earlobe Repair like?

Are you thinking about repairing your stretched earlobes?  If you are, it’s important to know what to expect throughout the process, so that you can properly prepare, especially for recovery. 

Earlobe repair surgery

Earlobe repair surgery is an in-office procedure that is performed under local anesthesia.  It is typically done to reshape a stretched earlobe, and involves adjusting the size and shape of the skin, in order to restore the normal contours of the ear (read more). 

What is Recovery from Earlobe Repair like?

Following earlobe repair surgery, patients often experience mild swelling and bruising, but these side-effects resolve within a few days.   Patients usually do not need pain medication after surgery, but any discomfort can be satisfactorily controlled with over-the-counter pain medication.

Recovery time is minimal after earlobe repair surgery, as most patients are able to go back to work the day after the operation.  However, strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for 1-2 weeks (learn more). 

Patients are prescribed an antibiotic ointment that must be applied to the incision twice daily, to minimize the chance of an infection.   Care must also be taken to keep the area clean.

The ears are usually fully healed about 3 months after earlobe repair, and can then be re-pierced if desired.

Will you have a scar following earlobe repair surgery?

A small incision is made in the earlobe during surgery so there will be a scar, but it is usually inconspicuous.  Applying a medical grade topical scar gel and sunscreen will help prevent the darkening of the scar. 

Are you interested in earlobe repair?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Nashville, TN area, Image Surgical Arts of Nashville is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.imagesurgicalarts.com, or by calling (615) 499-4224.

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