earlobe repair in chicago

Earlobe Repair

Coloboma repair, or earlobe repair, closes elongated earring holes, gauge openings, or torn earlobes. After years of wearing heavy earrings, the holes can stretch and look deformed.

Earlobe Repair Treatment Services

Wearing heavy earrings for many years can result in serious damage to your earlobes, causing them to split or tear. Similar damage can occur if an earring is torn out of your ears or pulled with too much force. Earlobe problems can also occur due to sporting accidents, or when earlobe stretchers have been worn for prolonged periods of time, causing the earlobes to enlarge.

If you’ve experienced a traumatic injury that has caused your earlobes to split or tear, or if you want to reverse the damage caused by wearing heavy earrings or stretchers, then earlobe repair treatment in Chicago is an effective solution. Advanced cosmetic earlobe treatment can restore your earlobes to a natural appearance, closing any splits or tears, and reversing any modifications to the lobes.

Due to the location of the earlobe, any damage is often highly visible, and if the damage is severe, then it can quickly have an impact on your confidence levels. Thankfully, earlobe repair treatment is fairly quick and can have very dramatic results. The team at the Kovak Cosmetic Center are highly experienced at earlobe repair treatment and can repair and strengthen earlobes with mild to severe damage.

To discuss any concerns that you may have about the appearance of your earlobes with a cosmetic surgeon at the Kovak Cosmetic Center in Chicago, please get into contact with our team. When you book a consultation at our cosmetic center in Oakbrook Terrace or Rockford, we’ll work with you to devise the best treatment plan to successfully restore one or both of your earlobes.


The Procedure for Earlobe Repair

Earlobe repair is a surgical treatment that has the two main aims of repairing damage and strengthening the earlobe as best as possible. Due to the variations in the ways that earlobes can be damaged, such as the difference between splits, tears, and enlarged earlobes, the exact treatment procedure will vary. If necessary, earlobe surgery can often be performed on both earlobes during the same treatment session.

The first part of earlobe repair treatment involves administering a local anesthetic, which will completely numb the earlobe and make the treatment virtually painless. As soon as the anesthetic has taken affect, the surgeon will begin to re-form the earlobe’s natural shape. For stretches and tears that are very small, tiny cuts will be made to remove healed skin so a clean edge can be created. Once the edge has been made, the surgeon will use sutures to stitch the lobe closed and then cover them with wound closure strips.

For more serious damage, such as repairing holes caused by stretchers, the procedure can be more extensive. In some cases, the surgeon may need to reconstruct a large part of the earlobe. However, the procedure is often still as straightforward as repairing splits and tears, and the surgeon will try to achieve a result that’s as natural-looking as possible

Earlobe repair treatment in Chicago can take as little as 30 minutes, especially when only minimal repairs are required. To get a better idea as to the extent of treatment that you’ll need to repair your earlobes, you’ll need to book an in-person consultation with a cosmetic surgeon. Once the full extent of the damage has been assessed, your Kovak Cosmetic surgeon will determine the best surgical procedure for you.

Recovery After Earlobe Repair Treatment

Despite earlobe repair being a surgical treatment, the recovery time after the surgery is relatively quick. Many patients find that their earlobe has healed within the first two weeks following the procedure, although the exact recovery time can vary from patient to patient, and largely depends on the extent of the treatment.

Many people choose to take the day off work for the treatment, although it’s possible to return to work shortly after the procedure has taken place. You may find that the earlobe is mildly painful after the procedure, but over-the-counter painkillers should ensure that the pain is manageable. For two days after the procedure, the earlobe should be kept dry and exercise should be kept to a minimum.

After a couple of days, you’ll be able to remove the wound closure strips and apply an antibiotic ointment to your earlobe. Around five days to a week after the procedure, you’ll need to return to the Kovak Cosmetic Center to have the sutures removed from your ear. It’s also important to avoid swimming for a couple of weeks after the procedure.

Once the earlobe has fully healed, there will be a small scar from the surgery, that over the following months, will slowly start to fade. The results will depend on the reason for the earlobe treatment, but in the case of a successful treatment for common problems like expanded, split or torn earlobes, the earlobe should be completely closed.

Who is the Ideal Candidate for Earlobe Repair?

Earlobe repair surgery is suitable for most people who are concerned by the appearance of their earlobes. The treatment is suitable for both men and women of almost any age. As with all forms of plastic surgery, ideally candidates will be in excellent health and have no serious medical conditions or diseases that may affect the safety or results of the procedure. While it’s not necessarily essential, ideally candidates won’t be smokers, as smoking can inhibit healing ability after surgery, prolonging the recovery time.

Like all surgical procedures, having realistic expectations going into the procedure is very important. Before setting a date for earlobe surgery in Chicago, you’ll have a consultation with the cosmetic professionals at the Kovak Cosmetic Center. During the consultation, you can discuss any concerns that you may have with the procedure and what you hope the results will be. You’ll also be asked questions about your medical history to determine whether you’re a suitable candidate for the procedure.


Are There Any Risks Involved with Earlobe Repair Treatment?

Earlobe repair treatment is a relatively low risk procedure, although as with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved that it’s important to be aware of. One of the main risks of the procedure is that it may not work, and the surgeon will be unable to close the earlobe completely. If this does occur, then your Kovak cosmetic surgeon will be able to discuss with you the best course of action going forwards.

Other risks of earlobe repair include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Swelling

Most risks of earlobe repair treatment are very rare, with the exception of slight scarring which will occur, but many people find is a small trade-off for the drastic change in appearance of their earlobes after the surgery. If you’re concerned about any of the risks involved in earlobe repair, then please don’t hesitate to contact the Kovak Cosmetic Center to arrange for a consultation with our cosmetic experts.

Can You Re-Pierce Your Ears After Earlobe Repair Treatment?

A very common question regarding earlobe repair surgery, is whether it’s possible to re-pierce earlobes that have been repaired. The simple answer is yes, although it’s not always advised, and there will be a waiting period before it’s suitable for you to get your ears pierced.

Earlobes that have already been repaired are often not as strong as they once were, despite every effort being taken to strengthen them during the surgery. Wearing heavy earrings or earlobe stretchers after surgery may cause the same problems to reoccur and you’ll require further repair treatment. One solution that can help to prevent reoccurrences of torn or split earlobes is to have your ears pierced outside of the scar tissue area, where the earlobe will be strongest.

If you decide to have your ears pierced after surgery, then it’s best to start with smaller, lighter earrings before progressing to larger jewelry. It’s advised that you wait at least 6 weeks after surgery before having your ears pierced, although a period of up to 6 months can be much safer.

Cosmetic Earlobe Treatment Services from the Kovak Cosmetic Center

From children pulling too roughly at their parent’s earrings, to years of using an earlobe stretcher, it’s possible to sustain damage to the earlobes in a vast number of ways. Even the smallest tear in your earlobe can drastically change the visual appearance of your ears and prevent you from wearing earrings.

At the Kovak Cosmetic Center, we have the experience needed to safely and successfully reverse the damage caused by traumatic injuries and damage that’s caused slowly over many years of wearing earrings and stretchers. Our cosmetic surgeons are highly skilled at restoring a natural look to stretched ears and strengthening torn ears to make wearing earrings a possibility again in the future.

If you’re tired of the way that your earlobes look or have recently experienced an accident that has altered the appearance of your earlobes, then we can help. For an initial consultation to discuss how earlobe repair treatment at the Kovak Cosmetic Center can help you, please get into contact with our professional team as soon as possible.

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