Earlobe repair is usually done to fix torn, stretched, or damaged earlobes. Even if there are no problems created by trauma from earring use, the earlobes gradually elongate with age and a surgical earlobe reduction can be an excellent option for those who seek a more youthful appearance to their ears.
Earlobes can be repaired with a simple in-office procedure under local anesthesia. The procedure usually takes about an hour. You may or may not have any dressings after surgery and you will be able to go home as soon as the procedure is completed.
After the procedure, most patients do not need pain medication, but if necessary, an over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol should be adequate. Patients can return to most of their usual activities almost immediately, including showering and shampooing. Sutures are usually removed in about a week and the earlobes should not be re-pierced for approximately 2-3 months after the procedure.
As with any cosmetic medical procedure, results vary from patient to patient.