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Top New York plastic surgeon Dr. Darrick Antell is board certified in plastic surgery, emphasizing aesthetic / cosmetic surgery. One of the procedures he performs is torn earlobe repair in NYC.

Earlobe repair is usually done to repair torn, stretched, or damaged earlobes, usually as a result of trauma or wear and tear from heavy jewelry use. If you are considering torn earlobe repair, this page will give you a basic understanding of the procedure.

Earlobe Repair Before & Afters

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Considering Torn Earlobe Repair

When earrings get snagged in clothing, pulled accidentally, or even yanked by a small child, the result can be a torn earlobe. Earlobes can also become stretched over time with the wear and tear of heavy jewelry, or earring holes can become gradually enlarged over time. If you’re not satisfied with the appearance of your earlobes, or you have damage that makes it difficult to wear the jewelry you love, make an appointment with Dr. Antell to find out more about torn earlobe repair in NYC.

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All Ear Surgery carries some uncertainty and risk

When earlobe surgery is performed by a qualified, experienced surgeon, complications are infrequent and usually minor. Nevertheless, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with torn earlobe repair, including the risk of infection. Such infections would, if they occur, usually be treated with antibiotics. Rarely if ever is another surgery required to drain the infected area.

The Torn Earlobe Repair Procedure

Depending on your individual circumstances, torn earlobe repair in Manhattan can be either performed immediately following an injury or delayed until the wound is healed and tissue is no longer inflamed. The specific method of repair will depend on how much tissue was lost and the nature of your injury. A variety of different techniques can be performed to close the wound, redistribute tissue, and reshape the ear to match your natural ear shape. Torn earlobe repair is usually performed as an outpatient procedure in Dr. Antell’s state-of-the-art surgical facility and with a local anesthetic.

Torn Earlobe Repair Recovery

Getting back to normal after an earlobe surgery is a straightforward and uncomplicated phase. Aside from not wearing jewelry while the earlobes heal, and refraining from bumping your earlobes (such as while brushing your hair), you’ll be able to carry on with most of your daily work and social activities, excluding strenuous exercise likely to start throbbing in your ears. Most patients won’t require pain medication, although Dr. Antell will recommend an over-the-counter medication as necessary. In most cases, the only dressing needed is a thin layer of antibiotic ointment, and stitches are usually removed in about a week. Dr. Antell will discuss with you specific post-procedure care instructions as applied to your needs. 

How to get started?

Dr. Antell and his staff will be happy to discuss torn earlobe repair with you.  Please call for a private consultation or schedule an appointment online at our office.


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