Aging is a gradual process. With age, ear lobules of some females become thin due to loss of collagen and less elasticity, hence hole for earring gradually increases and finally gives way.
This can also occur as a result of trauma resulting due to pulling off the earring worn by the kids usually or some accident resulting in ripping off the ear lobe. Sometimes, initial ear lobe piercing done is too low, so even a small extension of the ear hole results in the cut-through of the lobe.
This is quite embarrassing as well as depressing for some patients. they are not able to wear their favorite jewelry piece because of this. Increased hole size often results in hanging earpiece, as a result of which females are constantly bothered. They often have to sacrifice danglers for big studs which can cover up their big hole. If not corrected timely, ear Lobule may cut completely when even wearing studs is not possible.
These torn, droopy, ripped, stretched out ears can be easily corrected by our plastic surgeon Dr. Ashish Khare through a simple surgery. Let us clear our doubts about the procedure.
There is no upper age limit for this procedure, any and everyone can go for this procedure which is a simple outpatient daycare surgery, often called a lunch break procedure.
Yes, initial preliminary consultation can be booked online with the doctor, if repeated visits need to be avoided. After his instructions, you can come directly on the day of the surgery.
Dr. Ashish Khare does this surgery in local anaesthesia. The patient remains awake during the surgery, only the ear lobule is infiltrated with anesthesia. This is a simple 30min to 1-hour surgery. Ear margins are refreshed and then sutured back by non-absorbable sutures. This is usually done in layers for increased strength involving skin and soft tissue. In the case of droopy or stretched ear lobes, the doctor will excise the skin lining the tear to remove any extra skin protrusion, reduce the size of your earlobe, and maintain bilateral symmetry.
No major side effects or complications are noted in this surgery.
The dressing is usually not applied, just that the sutured wound needs to be kept dry and antibiotic ointment applied. Antibiotics and pain killer medications are prescribed for about a week. Make sure you do not hurry up for suture removal or re piercing of the ear which is done once there is complete healing.
Follow up visit is advised after a week. Sutures are removed approximately 2 weeks post-surgery.
Re piercing is usually avoided for the next 3 to 6 months to allow lobule tissue to heal up and gain strength.