Repairing the earlobes after the use of ear stretchers, tapers, spacers, plugs and flesh tunnels is a commonly requested procedure.
Generally we get this request from men and women wanting to enter one of the forces – police, army, navy or the air-force. It is also often requested by people who have decided they just don’t need any or want these anymore and want to fix the remaining defect.
Regardless of the reason, the procedure is simple and can be done in our rooms under local anaesthetic – a bit like going to the dentist.
How is the earlobe repaired after removing ear stretchers?
A wedge of skin and underlying tissue, a little larger than the defect, is removed and sutured together carefully to re-create a normal looking earlobe.
Why would I choose a plastic surgeon to fix the ear after the use of ear spacers?
A GP would definitely be able to the surgery, but will perform a basic procedure resulting in very little, or no lobe. It will generally be obvious that you have had a reconstructive surgical procedure.
A plastic surgeon’s speciality is fixing the problem AND having it look normal – like you have never had surgery.
The larger the defect, the harder it is to reconstruct a normal looking earlobe.
How long will the surgery take to repair the ears after ear stretchers?
The surgery will take between 30 -45 minutes.
Can I pierce my ears after earlobe reconstruction?
Yes, once you’re well healed. Scar tissue however is very tough and fibrous. You would have to choose a position that is not part of the scar tissue.
What is the cost of repairing my earlobes?
A bilateral reconstruction will have you out of pocket by $1500
If you would like more information, please call us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.