Our ears are an important part of the overall look of our faces. Wearing earrings and other jewelry helps us look and feel our best; however, aging, wear and tear from heavy earrings, or even accidents can lead to damaged Earlobes. Dr. Hernandez is proud to offer Earlobe Repair surgery to Eterna Cosmetic Surgery patients in San Antonio.

What is Earlobe Repair?

We may not give much thought to the appearance of our ears and earlobes...that is, until we notice that their appearance has diminished or has become unsightly. Here are just a few instances where your earlobes may cause you distress:

  • Although we may not continue to get taller as we age, our ears actually continue growing throughout our lives. Often, this means our earlobes can look wrinkly or distorted as we age.
  • Many of us enjoy wearing heavy earrings to showcase our style and enhance our overall appearance. Over time; however, heavy earrings can similarly damage the earlobes, leading to a drooping, sagging appearance.
  • Have you ever noticed that babies and small children love earrings? Unfortunately, sometimes curious hands (or getting an earring stuck) can lead to painful, traumatic injury to the earlobe. Individuals who stretch their earlobes wearing progressively larger “gauges” may also stretch their earlobes to the point that a tear occurs.

Dr. Hernandez has performed Earlobe Repair surgery for patients in San Antonio who have suffered from all of these common issues and afflictions. During Earlobe Repair (which is also commonly referred to as loboplasty) surgery, Dr. Hernandez sculpts and refreshes the look of your earlobe(s) to restore a healthy, youthful appearance.

Who is an ideal candidate for Earlobe Repair?

Patients who are in good overall health, and who have healthy, realistic expectations for Earlobe Repair results, are considered good candidates for Earlobe Repair surgery. Patients should refrain from smoking or alcohol for several weeks before and after Earlobe Repair surgery to encourage the healing process.

During your initial consultation with Dr. Hernandez, she will ask you about your medical history and discuss any history of keloids or severe scarring, which may impact the results of Earlobe Repair. She will examine your earlobes and discuss your goals to determine the best course of action for your Earlobe Repair surgery.

What happens during Earlobe Repair surgery?

Earlobe Repair surgery is a short, 30 to 45-minute outpatient surgery that is typically performed under local anesthesia. During your consultation, Dr. Hernandez will examine your earlobes and talk to you about your goals. She will review those goals with you again prior to your surgery.

After your ear is numbed with local anesthesia, Dr. Hernandez will remove scarred or excess tissue if needed, reshape, and sculpt your earlobe to create a youthful, more desirable appearance. Since each patient and circumstance is unique, each Earlobe Repair surgery is also very unique. If your earlobe has received traumatic injury or has torn, she may reattach the torn skin and smooth its appearance to create a natural look. If you are suffering from sagging earlobes, she may remove skin and reshape the area.

What can I expect after Earlobe Repair surgery?

Since Earlobe Repair surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, you will be able to go home after a brief recovery period. Dr. Hernandez will provide you with specific instructions; however, patients are advised to avoid putting excessive pressure on the ear until it has had time to heal. She may prescribe painkillers to address any discomfort.

Recovery time for Earlobe Repair surgery is relatively short compared to other procedures. You’ll want to keep the surgical area clean for at least 7 to 10 days to promote healing, and you should refrain from re-piercing your ears until anywhere from 3 to 6 months following your Earlobe Repair (Dr. Hernandez will advise you on your own healing and situation after your Earlobe Repair surgery).