About Cosmetic Ear Surgery
Earlobes that have become elongated, stretched out, or split due to heavy earrings, gauging, or an accidental tearing can be repaired with the help of cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Caruth of Plano Aesthetics. Dr. Caruth often performs earlobe repair super to repair damaged skin in the comfort of his onsite operating room. The procedure itself is simple and can be performed under local anesthesia. Patients can expect the procedure to take approximately 30 minutes with sutures ready for removal in about a week. For patients that wish to have their ears repierced, this can take place within a few months of surgery. Patients will be left with natural-looking earlobes following this simple procedure.
Cosmetic earlobe repair can be done on patients of all ages; however, it is most commonly performed on patients who are self-conscious about the appearance of their ears following a torn earlobe. If you are in seach of a more natural earlobe appearance, ask Dr. Caruth during a consultation if earlobe repair is an ideal solution.
Otoplasty (ear surgery) is completed using local anesthesia. During surgery, cartilage will be sutures back together to address the torn or stretched appearance. It is common for both ears to be altered during the procedure to ensure they look and appear even. However, if only one earlobe needs to be repaired, Dr. Caruth will leave the other one as is.
What to Expect
When the procedure is over and it is safe to leave the outpatient surgery center, you will recover at home. Dr. Caruth or a member of his team will provide recovery instructions. It is important to not pick at or touch the ears. In addition, you should avoid laying on the ears, instead sleeping upright for a few days. Dr. Caruth typically likes to see his ear surgery patients back within a week — during this time, Dr. Caruth will be able to remove the wrappings and assess your healing. Natural-looking earlobes can be seen almost immediately and the results will continue to look better as the ears heal.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does earlobe surgery cost?
The cost for earlobe surgery will depend on whether one or both ears are being repaired and the extent of the surgery. Once Dr. Caruth has listened to your concerns and goals, he can create your surgical plan and estimate costs. In order for you to focus on getting the results you need instead of costs, Plano Aesthetics accepts many payment methods and we can help you find low-interest medical financing.
How much time will I need to take off of work or school?
In most situations, there is no need for taking time off of work or school after earlobe repair. Patients are typically able to return to most of their daily activities right away, while being careful not to disrupt their stitches.
What risks are associated with the procedure?
Very few risks are associated with the procedure itself. However, when complications do arise, they are typically related to poor healing and infection. It is important to mention that studies show tobacco users do not heal as well or as quickly from surgery.
Will I have a scar?
Virtually all surgical procedures carry the risk of causing scars. The degree of your scarring or lack there of has more to do with your genetic disposition than the procedure itself. You can expect mild scarring in most circumstances with the varying severity according to the extent of your repair.
When can I shower and wash my hair after surgery?
While diligently avoiding your healing ears, it is safe to shower (do not submerge) the following day. During the first week of healing, we recommend gentle shampoos and soaps, so as not to disrupt or irritate the healing incisions.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $2,000
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- Less than 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
Reshape Your Ears
Even though the ears are a small feature, torn or stretched out earlobes can make a big difference in your appearance. Earlobe repair surgery can help if you feel self-conscious about your ears. Contact Plano Aesthetics in Plano, TX to schedule your appointment with Dr. Caruth and learn more about cosmetic ear surgery. We look forward to helping you gain a look you can be proud of and the confidence to flaunt it.