What is Earlobe Repair?

Earlobe repair is a simple, straightforward procedure performed in the privacy of Dr. Vila’s office. It can restore the appearance of the lobes after damage or injury. Even with long hair, many clients are unable to hide distortions in their earlobes and are seeking a solution that will restore their appearance.

Because the earlobes are made of easily stretched-out tissue, heavy jewelry and gauged earrings can damage the pierced hole and lead to elongation. Earlobe repair can restore normalcy to the lobes, correcting tears, splits, or misshapen contours.

How is the Procedure Performed?

Earlobe surgery is performed in Dr. Vila’s state-of-the-art facility using local anesthesia. The ears will be marked with a surgical pen according to your treatment plan. During surgery, a small section of the lobe will be removed, followed by a series of fine sutures to close the openings. Visible scarring is greatly minimized through Dr. Vila’s meticulously detailed and painstaking approach.

Dr. Vila recommends that the ears are re-pierced only after a minimum of around 5-6 weeks’ healing time. Silver, gold, or stainless steel posts should be chosen to ensure minimal damage to the repaired earlobe tissues.

What are the Benefits?

  • Minimally invasive
  • Local anesthesia only
  • Helps combat sagging skin
  • Corrects tears, splits, and elongation
  • Restores an aesthetically pleasing appearance
  • Expands hairstyle options
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Who Makes an Ideal Candidate for Earlobe Repair?

Ideal candidates for earlobe repair have split, torn, or stretched-out earlobes that need mending. They may have previously worn gauged earrings that distorted their lobes or suffered an injury from wearing overly heavy earrings. Patients should be mentally and physically healthy non-smokers who have realistic, positive attitudes towards their outcome, based on a detailed consultation with Dr. Vila.

What Can I Expect From My Recovery?

Recovery and downtime after earlobe repair are minimal, with patients requiring only over-the-counter pain medicines. You’ll receive a healing ointment to rub into the sutures several times a day. Within around 2 weeks, the earlobes will appear presentable but it may take up to an entire year for the tears and splits to fully fuse together internally. 

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Why Choose Us?

Dr. Vila is a skilled, experienced double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is proud to serve clients in and beyond the Portland area. With a focus on individualized, elegant results, Dr. Vila instantly sets his patients at ease and provides a stress-free experience from start to finish. 

Dr. Vila graduated with distinction in research from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, going on to complete a demanding residency in Head and Neck Surgery at the world-renowned Washington University in St. Louis, one of the most lauded training programs in the country. In addition, he pursued an elite fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Northwestern University. Dr. Vila is certified by both the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) and by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, an entity governed by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). 

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Can gauged earlobes be repaired?

Gauged or stretched earlobes are popular body modifications. However, many patients grow tired of this trend and wish to restore their earlobes to a more conventional appearance. They may need their earlobes repaired because of job interviews or because they have entered a different stage of life. Regardless of the reasons for making a change, Dr. Vila can repair a wide range of contour irregularities, injuries, tears, and splits.

How long do I have to wait before re-piercing my ears?

Each patient will heal at a different rate, but on average, most clients can expect to re-pierce their ears within about 6 weeks. Patients should pierce the skin in a new area away from the incision line. It is best to consult with Dr. Vila before taking this next step.

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