For many, wearing earrings is just a part of life. And while most of the time, earrings are a harmless and attractive piece of jewelry, there is the chance that an innocent earring choice could result in a stretched ear lobe. Whether from gauges or trauma, a stretched–or even ripped–ear lobe can be fixed with the help of ear lobe reconstruction. Curious to find out more? Here is what you need to know:
How Does an Ear Lobe Stretch?
When it comes to a stretched earlobe, patients tend to fall into one of two categories. Either the patient wore gauges to purposefully stretch out the ears or the patient wore earrings that slowly stretched out the ear until the hole grew or trauma caused it to rip. Whenever you’ve made the choice that a stretched earlobe is no longer working for your lifestyle, the good news is that it can be repaired in a simple and efficient procedure.
How Can Reconstructive Surgery Help?
One of the most effective methods for repairing a stretched or torn ear lobe is through reconstructive surgery. Ear lobe reconstruction is typically done under local anesthesia and can be performed in-office. Although the incision technique may vary depending on the doctor or the patient’s specific needs, in general, the skin lining the stretched ear hole is cut away before being sewn together with a few stitches, to help promote healing.
While ear lobe reconstruction may sound intimidating or challenging, the truth is that it is a fairly efficient procedure that tends to take less than 30 minutes per ear.
Trust Your Ears to Dr. Scott Kay
At Princeton Otolaryngology Associates, we understand how important it is to place your ear lobe repair in the hands of a doctor who is skilled and experienced in providing the most comprehensive and quality care possible. That is why we are proud to serve our patients in Princeton, Plainsboro, and the surrounding central New Jersey communities.
So if you have questions about your earlobes and are curious to learn how we may be able to help, we look forward to hearing from you. Simply contact our office to get started.