Things change – our lives, our jobs and the statement we want to make to the world. Those earlobe gauges or wild see-through tunnels were a blast in 2004, but life evolves and we often want to get back to a more natural look. Earlobe repair is an increasingly popular fix, and your plastic surgeon has a range of simple and relatively painless solutions for earlobe damage of all kinds.
Who Can Benefit From Earlobe Repair Surgery?
Earlobes can get stretched or torn – from purposeful aesthetic choices or plain old wear and tear. In either case, reconstructive surgery is a great option with virtually zero downsides.
In the last decade, the practice known as ear gauging has gone from a punk rock signature to a more mainstream aesthetic choice. Gauging involves stretching a pierced lobe with increasingly larger plugs to make room for very dramatic jewelry – from solid pieces to tunnels that leave a large open hole in the lobe. And while the effect can be cool, in many cases, when the lobe is stretched too far, it won’t go back to its normal appearance. When gauging is done gradually and doesn’t go too far, the lobe may return to normal size. But in many cases, surgery is required to repair the damage. Most experts say that if you push it past 10 millimeters, you’ll probably need a surgeon’s help.
Moving too fast with gauging can lead to tears in the earlobe. And sometimes the lobe simply gets torn by accident – whether it’s from wearing heavy earrings or having an earring torn from your ear.
Why Are Earlobe Repairs Trending?
With fashionable earlobe modifications (or “mods” for short) on the rise, as you may have guessed, earlobe reconstructions are also trending. Whether clients are moving into the professional world or just going for a different look, many simply want to go back to a low maintenance, natural looking earlobe. And not just folks in their 40s – we see patients in their 20s and 30s too who are just ready to move on!
What Does Earlobe Reconstruction Surgery Involve?
One upside is that earlobe reconstruction is usually faster and easier than the original mod! Earlobe repair is typically an outpatient procedure with a local anesthetic and often takes under an hour. The surgery site usually heals quickly and with just the tiniest bit of pain so you won’t need to take time off work. Healing should take about a week, and over the counter pain medication is all you’ll need to manage the pain.
In the case of a lobe stretched by gauging, your surgeon will remove the tougher inner lining of skin that has formed around the hole. He’ll then fold and stitch the ear together, giving it a natural look. The stitches are removed after about a week, and in most cases both pain and recovery time are minimal. In cases of a post-gauging repair, your earlobe will likely be slightly shorter after surgery, but your surgeon, as always, will work hard to achieve symmetry and a natural look.
How Much Does Earlobe Reconstruction Cost?
The cost of earlobe reconstruction surgery generally ranges from $500 to $1,000, though it can be higher, depending on the specific case. Simple tears take less time so tend to be less expensive than repairing a stretched lobe.
Earlobe Reconstruction: A Few Considerations
Understated ears are often something we overlook, but when you think about it, it’s a sensitive and aesthetically important spot right near your face and more important than many of us realize. What most folks who opt for lobe reconstruction want is a gorgeous, intact, natural-looking lobe. That’s why choosing a skilled plastic surgeon is key. The procedure is relatively quick and requires a surprising amount of aesthetic vision and skill. At Aesthetica, we absolutely know that there is an art to the earlobe.
Are you unhappy with how your earlobes look? Call Aesthetica today to book your earlobe repair consultation.