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Ear Lobe Reconstruction in Wilmington and Dover, DE

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Located in Elkton, MD and Dover, DE, and serving the residents of Maryland, and Wilmington and Newark, Delaware, Replenish Cosmetic Surgery Institute performs ear lobe reconstruction for those who desire plastic surgery.

If issues with your ear lobes are causing you mental anguish, a simple procedure can help to reduce large ear lobes or repair split ear lobes. Moreover, as the popularity of gauged ear lobes waxes and wanes, people are increasingly seeking out ear lobe reconstruction to fix the large holes and drooping skin that remains after the trend has lost its appeal. It is also not uncommon for heavy earrings to stretch your pierced lobes over time or for a minor accident to snag a piercing, which can result in an enlarged slit that causes your earrings to fall out and become lost.

The decision to undergo ear lobe reconstruction is a small step that can bring about a big change in your appearance, restoring symmetry and a natural look to your face.

Ear Lobe Reconstruction Procedure

Typically, topical anesthesia is used to numb your ear areas. Tears are repaired with small sutures, while excess skin and tissue are removed if your ears lobes have been stretched or gauged. Fixing a tear or closing up a gauge hole typically takes around an hour to perform, and there is usually minimal scarring afterwards. Decreasing the size of ear lobes that are overly large is done by extracting wedged segments of tissue until proper proportion and symmetry are achieved.

There is little pain associated with the procedure and virtually no down time, as you are able to go about most of your normal activities immediately. Dr. Martini can even advise you as to whether an injectable filler such as Restylane® or Juvéderm may help to restore volume to sagging lobes and return a more natural appearance to your ears.

Ear Lobe Reconstruction Consultation and Preparation

Dr. Martini is happy to advise you on whether ear lobe reconstruction is right for you through a thorough consultation. He takes the time to carefully study your facial anatomy and discuss your questions, concerns, and end goals. It is important to be open, as good communication will help to set realistic expectations. Provide your medical history, drug allergies, list of any previous surgeries, medications, diet pills, vitamins, supplements, and herbs, even if you do not think they may be important. Also don’t be afraid to be completely frank about your lifestyle including smoking habits, the strenuousness of work you perform, and exercise habits. It is a good idea to discontinue using aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, Saint John’s wort, and vitamin E for one week before and a few days following your ear lobe reconstruction, as they can cause problems with blood clotting. Be sure to stop smoking and drinking alcohol in excess prior to your procedure and for one week after to ensure faster healing. Remaining well-hydrated in the days leading up to your ear lobe reconstruction is also a good idea in general, as hydration aids in all types of recovery.

Ear Lobe Reconstruction Recovery

In most cases, an over-the-counter pain medication will be sufficient. You will be able to return to your normal activities almost immediately. A topical antibiotic may be prescribed to prevent infection, and any remaining stitches can usually come out after just one week. You may experience minor swelling in your ears for about a week, and your ear lobe should be fully healed in around six to eight weeks. You can even re-pierce your ears within a couple of months if you desire.

How Much Does Ear Lobe Reconstruction Cost in Wilmington or Dover, DE?

During our initial consultation, we will go over all costs associated with your particular procedure. Depending on the extent of ear lobe repair that is needed, as well as your established goals and priorities, the cost will vary. Our office accepts CareCredit®, a simple alternative to cash and credit cards, so that you can finance your procedure without hassle.

Additional Facial Surgery Procedures

Dr. David V. Martini, board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, recognizes that each patient has unique requirements and desires. His services have improved the lives of people from the Wilmington and Dover, DE areas as well as Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Dr. Martini specializes in performing Plastic Surgery, Skin Rejuvenation, Hair Restoration, Skin Cancer Treatment and Nasal/Sinus Conditions. Please call 443-345-4131 today to schedule your initial consultation.