Otoplasty – Earlobe Repair

Otoplasty - Earlobe Repair

PURPOSE

Earlobe Repair (otoplasty) is a surgical procedure utilized to correct torn or stretched out earlobes. On occasion, allergic reactions to piercings or consistent wear of heavy earrings can cause the earlobe to split. Individuals who have stretched their earlobes with gauges may choose to reconstruct them and return to a more natural look.

PRE-OPERATIVE – SURGICAL PREPARATION

Preoperatively the patient will be advised to abstain from certain foods and medication, such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Vitamin E, garlic and broccoli, as well as smoking or alcohol use, for several days prior to surgery. These precautions decrease the risk of bleeding and circulation complications. Photos of the existing area will be taken in order to assess the improvement obtained by the procedure.

PROCEDURE

The procedure takes approximately 20-30 minutes. It is most commonly performed under local anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility in an office. During the procedure, incisions are made in both sides of the split lobe, excess skin and tissue is removed if necessary, and the openings are sutured back together.

POST-OPERATIVE – RECOVERY

The patient will be seen in the office for a follow-up examination and evaluation. Patients can expect minimal  to no discomfort for the first 24 hours. Swelling and ecchymoses (black and blue) can be expected and will subside quickly. Full recovery takes about 1-2 weeks, but most daily activities can be resumed immediately. The patient will be advised to abstain from salty food which can increase the swelling in the operative site. Antibiotics may be prescribed prior to or after surgery to prevent infection. Patients are instructed not to re-pierce the ear for at least 4 weeks.

POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS

Some possible risks and complications can occur with this procedure, including those that could occur with any type of surgery, such as bleeding or infection. These and any other less common risks and complications will be discussed at the time of surgical consent. It is necessary for the patient to comply with our pre- and post-operative instructions in order to decrease the likelihood of complications.

COST

The fee for this procedure varies depending on the geographic location of your surgeon, the reputation of the surgeon, and the complexity of the individual surgical procedure. Our fees for the procedure are $850 for one earlobe, or $1,500 for both. You may incur other fees such as general anesthesia or operating room fees.

If you are interested in earlobe repair and would like more information or a personal consultation, please contact us.