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There are patients who have purposefully engaged in ear stretching with wide gauges, and those whose heavy earrings created stretch over time by accident. Whether the earlobes were intentionally stretched or not, there are times and circumstances when stretched earlobes are no longer desired. There may be professional or personal reasons for seeking correction, and Dr. Donaldson and Dr. Sieffert can help you look natural once again.
The stretching process is usually gradual, and there is a point when your earlobes will not naturally retract. This point is different for everyone, and anyone who stretched quickly and skipped gauge sizes or had pulling or trauma to earrings will likely have damaged their earlobes even more significantly.
To repair stretched earlobes, Dr. Donaldson and Dr. Sieffert perform a simple in-office procedure under local anesthesia, which typically lasts under an hour. The procedure involves removing the stretched area of skin and then stitching the earlobe back together to create the natural contour of the ear. Small incisions are often hidden within the natural folds and creases of the ear, and the scar is minimized with three layers of repair.
After several days, Dr. Donaldson or Dr. Sieffert will remove dressings from the earlobes, and healing is usually complete after several weeks. As a courtesy to our patients (included in the fee), Dr. Donaldson or Dr. Sieffert will re-pierce the ears with sterile medical technique after several months of healing.
In Columbus, Ohio, earlobe repair is now safe, effective and affordable at Donaldson Plastic Surgery.
Interested in finding out more about our earlobe reconstruction offerings? Contact us today.