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Ear Reconstruction for Long Earlobes
If you think that your earlobes might be growing, you may well be right. The average length of an earlobe for a young adult is 1.88cm. For an older adult, over 46 years old the average length is 1.98cm! Your earlobes get larger with age. Gravity and jewelry choices will make matters worse.
We have a solution for that. Earlobe reconstruction can make the earlobes smaller, more attractive, and be in proportion with your face.
The four most common causes of an elongated earlobe are:
- Heavy earrings
Earlobe reconstruction to create a smaller earlobe is possible. It can be performed in the office and takes about 15 to 20 minutes per ear.
After anesthetizing the ear, a wedge of redundant ear tissue is removed. The remaining earlobe is fashioned to allow the front end to wrap around to the back. Absorbable sutures are then placed. No dressing aside from maybe a band-aid is applied.
The procedure is relatively quick and is performed under local anesthetic. After the surgery you can expect the following:
- The ear will be sore to the touch and have slight bruising and swelling for the first couple of days.
- You will need to come in for suture removal in about 7-14 days.
- Strenuous exercise should also be avoided during this time to help in the recovery process.
- Apply aquaphor ointment twice a day until the sutures are removed.
- Don’t sleep on your ears or apply any pressure to them until the sutures are removed.
- You can shower and get your ears wet 24 hours after the surgery.
- Avoid long soaks in the bath and swimming pools until the sutures are removed.
- Most patients will not need time off of work.
- Pain is negligible, most people don’t require any form of pain medication.
As with any surgery, there are associated risks. Only you can decide whether a earlobe repair can achieve your goals and whether the recovery is something you want to go through. Because of the nature of the surgery, the scars are essentially invisible. Complications are rare but can include:
- Local bleeding
- Infection particularly from the absorbable sutures
- Loss of sensation although rare
- Widened or thickened scar
- Asymmetry (unevenness between two sides)
- Delayed wound healing with skin or tissue necrosis
Unsatisfactory results may require additional procedures. Patients will generally be responsible for any associated facility fees.
Your cost for ear surgery will depend on whether we are addressing one or two ears. See the price card below. Note that you will receive a 20% discount if two earlobes are involved.
Sometimes the reconstruction can remove the area of the lobe which has the ear piercing. You are able to have your ears re-pierced but should wait around 4 – 6 weeks to do so.
The scar is nearly invisible. Dr. Chang works very hard to make the scar as invisible as possible. Talk the procedure over prior to surgery day so you know what will happen and whether you will have a visible scar. Most earlobe repairs do not have a conspicuous scar.
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Many patients will have earlobe reconstruction at the same time as a facelift or neck lift.
Long Earlobe Reconstruction
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Dr. Phillip Chang is a leading plastic surgeon in Loudoun County who specializes in surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures for the breast, body, face, and skin. He is board certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is the founder of Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA. Dr. Chang is dedicated to providing high-quality service that concentrates on the unique needs and concerns of his patients. He believes combining attentive care and minimally invasive techniques is the best avenue for achieving beautiful, natural-looking results. Dr. Chang is thrilled to be serving the greater northwest area of Washington, D.C. with top cosmetic care that is dependable and trustworthy.
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During the consultation we will discuss your treatment wishes and expectations. This is the time to ask us lots of questions to really understand what is involved, what the costs will be, and what is expected of you. This is also a great time to get to know Dr. Chang.
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