About Earlobe Repair
At our Richmond VA facial plastic surgery office, we offer surgery to repair a gauged earlobe or an earlobe damaged from trauma or gauges. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Bridges of Commonwealth Facial Plastic Surgery uses his experience to skillfully repair a damaged earlobe. Dr. Bridges frequently repairs stretched (either from heavy earring wear or from gauges) or torn earlobes in the office. If you have stretched earlobes from heavy earrings or gauges, or a torn earlobe, contact our Richmond, VA plastic surgery office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Bridges today.
"Now six months post-op, and absolutely thrilled with my result - I spent early a year researching before deciding on Dr. Bridges for my rhinoplasty, so I wanted to pay it forward and share my experience to help others who are searching for the perfect surgeon. I had my closed rhinoplasty done with Dr. Bridges over 6 months ago and I am absolutely in love with my new nose.After my first consultation with Dr. Bridges, I knew he was the right surgeon and scheduled my nose job days later. His work as an ENT put me at ease, because he not only has an eye for aesthetics, but he regularly fixes and restores breathing problems in his patients. I also was drawn to the fact that he exclusively performs closed (scarless) rhinoplasties, because it causes less trauma to the tissues in the nose. He took time to listen to me and understand what bothered me about my nose, and gave me exactly what I wished for- a nose that is feminine, refined, and still looks like I was born with it. Despite performing an osteotomy (breaking the nasal bones) and filing down the hump in my nose, most of my bruising subsided within 4 days of my operation. I have a very low pain tolerance, and I was surprised that the recovery was as easy as it was. A few Tylenol for the first few days was enough to manage the discomfort, and the worst part was just the stuffiness and inability to breathe through my nose. I am now six months post-op, and absolutely thrilled with my result! Dr. Bridges created a nose that perfectly fits the rest of my features, while maintaining a look that is so natural, no one would ever know that I've had work done. The nose he gave me is the nose that I truly feel like I was meant to have all along. I would chose Dr. Bridges a thousand times again, he is a true artist and incredibly caring, talented, and skilled. Thank you for everything, Dr. Bridges!"- E. / RealSelf / Jul 04, 2022
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"I LOVE what the microneedling has done for my skin - the tone and texture is unbelievable. Thanks for introducing me to Circadia, too - Love all the products you recommended. Amazing......."- LC / Office Visit / Mar 19, 2014
"Franki has been my aesthetician for several years. I visit her every 2 or 3 months for either a hydrafacial or dermaplane facial. More recently, Franki recommended that I have BBL laser resurfacing on my face for rosacea. In addition to helping with the redness, I've also noticed an improvement in my skin's texture. Franki is a delight! Besides being very well-versed on the best procedures and products for my skin, she is bubbly and friendly and I know she enjoys helping me achieve my goals. Thank you Franki for your skin "expertise" and friendship!!"- S.W. / Google / Nov 15, 2023
"Very professional and excellent results! One of the very few doctors in the area that does closed rhinoplasty, which is a newer procedure. It heals much quicker and unlike open, the incision is inside the nose and not externally between the nostrils. Dr. Bridges listened to what I wanted. I was not interested in a drastic and too obvious of a change, but I did want the bump removed. I am 57 years old and wish I had done this decades ago. I am so pleased with the results. Everyone I have seen is really impressed and agree that while it looks better, it is very subtle so I don't have to explain myself when I see people. Dr. Bridges, Joan, his Manager, and the whole staff were wonderful to work with. "- L. / Healthgrades / Oct 31, 2023
Our Surgical Approach
Earlobe repair surgery can often be performed in our plastic surgery office using local anesthesia, but it can be done in the operating room if needed. Torn earlobes are relative simple to repair and are nearly always done under local anesthesia. Gauged earlobes can be very complex to repair, but can still usually be done under local anesthesia. Because large gauges can distort the tissue significantly, the repair of gauged earlobes requires special expertise. Dr. Bridges has extensive experience in this procedure and produces amazing results. Click here to see an example.
What to Expect
After earlobe repair surgery, patients can expect minor discomfort, depending on how complex the repair was. Minor swelling is common and occasionally some bruising will result. Tylenol or Motrin are effective to help relieve these temporary post-surgery discomforts. Earlobes can usually be re-pierced in about 8-10 weeks following the procedure. Dr. Bridges will perform the re-piercing procedure in the office, which is complimentary.
Plan Your Procedure
Earlobe Repair FAQs
Can You Repair A Gauged Ear?
Gauged earlobes can certainly be repaired, with the complexity proportional to the size of the hole. The larger the gauge, the more stretched the tissue around the hole becomes. Sometimes this tissue becomes too thin to be able to salvage and therefore must be surgically removed. Other tissue of the earlobe can be used to recreate the normal shape and contour of the new earlobe.
What about new piercings?
Dr. Bridges can re-pierce your earlobes following the healing process. This is usually done 8-10 weeks after the procedure. Great care is taken to make sure the new piercing is as symmetric as possible to the other side.
Is there a protocol after?
Dr. Bridges will go over the post-op recovery with each patient. It is advised to wait 24 hours to shower and wash your hair. In addition, patients will need to be mindful to not scratch, touch, or disrupt the repaired lobe when putting on clothing or brushing your hair. It is advised to avoid sleeping on the surgical site for about 1 week after the procedure. Stitches are usually removed 7-10 days after surgery.
Does It Hurt?
Earlobe repair surgery is performed using local anesthesia, which means your earlobe will be numb when the process takes place. During treatment, we will make every effort to ensure you are comfortable.
Repair your lobes
If you have a torn earlobe or have stretched earlobes from heavy earrings or gauges, we invite you to call our greater Richmond, VA area office in Midlothian to schedule a consultation with double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Matthew Bridges, MD, FACS.