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Ear Lobe Repair: Plastic Surgery or Injection?

Torn Ear Lobe

A very common plastic surgery procedure (perhaps even #1) is ear lobe repair surgery for people who have stretched out, torn, or split their earlobes.

A popular television show in the northern Virginia and Maryland area recently did a segment for those who love to wear big earrings. Big, heavy earrings may stretch out the earlobes gradually over time. The show demonstrated a woman in her 30’s who loves to wear jewelry, especially big hoop earrings. Gradually with time, her ear lobe started to split and she was concerned about completely tearing through the ear. Even before splitting, some women have difficult time wearing earrings since the ear piercing hole has become too large.

The dermatologist on the show reported what most plastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons have been doing to help repair the ear lobe. First, we clean the ear lobe, cut out the scar tissue, and put the skin back together again. Typically performed within 15 minutes by DC cosmetic surgeon Dr. Chaboki, this entire ear lobe procedure is done in the office just with local anesthesia. Next, once the ear is adequately healed, the ear may be re-pierced.

Some dermatologists or plastic surgeons will then plump up the ear lobe, to add volume and strength. Northern Virginia and Maryland fat injections have been the traditional method to rejuvenate or plump the ear lobe. This dermatologist demonstrated Juvederm® injection, which is a newer technique of facial filler injection. Juvederm®, similar to some other Washington DC facial fillers, is made of hyaluronic acid. Facial fillers with hyaluronic acid are commonly used to rejuvenate the face or for lip enhancement.

Ask your local cosmetic specialist if an ear lobe enhancement with dermal fillers is appropriate option for you. What do you think?

 

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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.