This 68-year-old patient came in to see Dr. Tolan, to discuss options for her earlobes that she felt were sagging. Dr. Tolan recommended earlobe surgery to correct and reshape her stretched earlobes.
As we age, it’s normal for the skin quality, resilience, and elasticity of our earlobes to change, just as the rest of our skin does. This aging and stretching to the earlobe can be advanced in patients who wear heavy earrings throughout their lives and choose to wear ear gauges, or spacers. In some cases, damage may even be as a result of injury to the ear, such as a child yanking on a mother’s earring repeatedly. Regardless of the cause, our Physicians offer several different methods of earlobe repair and reshaping to restore the appearance of the ears to a more youthful state.
Earlobe surgery is a straightforward procedure performed using local anesthesia, and is commonly completed in under an hour. During earlobe surgery, the skin lining the tear is removed to create a raw edge that is stitched closed in multiple layers. This reroutes new blood flow and allows your surgeon to reshape a more tight and esthetically pleasing lobe shape.