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Can my earlobes be repaired?

The first step is to meet with Dr. Kim in Portland, Oregon, so he can evaluate your earlobes, and devise a customized plan for repair. The procedure is a simple, in-office procedure that can restore the look of your ears.

How are earlobes repaired?

Our Portland earlobe repair surgeries are performed in our state-of-the-art procedure suite. The ears will be marked with a surgical pen followed by numbing with local anesthesia. In order to repair the earlobes, a small portion of the existing earlobe and scar is carefully excised. This is followed by placing fine sutures that will minimize the chance of visible scarring.

What is the recovery from earlobe repair?

The pain from earlobe repair is minimal and therefore easily treated with over-the-counter medication. Patients are instructed to place ointment on the stitches twice daily. In about two weeks, your ears will look presentable, but complete healing will take a full year.

Can I repair the holes from gauged earrings?

Stretched or gauged earlobes are a popular type of body modification that is popular in the Pacific Northwest.

As such, there are also many who are seeking to restore their ears to their original state. People want repair for professional reasons, they are in a different stage in their lives, or they need to fulfill the repair requirement in order to join the armed forces.

Dr. Kim has devised several novel techniques for stretched earlobe repair in Portland that can treat the large variety of earlobe configurations seen with stretching.

How long before I can re-pierce my ears after earlobe repair?

Although every patient heals at a slightly different rate, in most cases the earlobes can be repierced in six weeks. Of note, the re-piercing should not be done on the scar line of the repair but should be placed in a new area.

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PRACTICE UPDATE REGARDING RE-OPENING

We are excited to announce we are now treating patients for all procedures and surgeries. After a month of optimizing our Covid-19 protocols, we are confident in our ability to offer a safe clinic and operating room setting for our patients and staff. We have instituted disinfection methods, enhanced air purification, and the use of personal protective equipment. We will continue to offer virtual postoperative checks and new patient consultations through our telehealth platform. A future in-person consultation will not require an additional consultation fee.

As part of our commitment to the highest safety standards, the following modifications to the patient experience for the foreseeable future. We greatly appreciate your compliance and understanding.

  1. Online check-in must be completed through our online portal 48-hours prior to the appointment.
  2. We are instituting a curbside waiting room. Please text us at 503-575-1910 upon arrival and wait in your parked car until you are notified via text message that we are ready to begin your appointment. Complimentary patient parking is located below our building.
  3. Patients are required to bring and wear masks for the duration of their appointment. If you do not have one, one will be provided.
  4. Guests, children, or visitors other than the patient will not be permitted. In the case of patients who are minors, one accompanying parent or guardian is permissible.
  5. We will obtain credit card information over the phone prior to the appointment. Payment will be processed after the treatment is completed. No payment will be handled onsite.
  6. Patients will enter our main entrance and exit out of our back exit. This one-way patient flow will allow us to comprehensively disinfect our clinic to be ready for the next patient.
  7. Coronavirus testing will be instituted for all surgical patients.

We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility. See you soon.

Dr. Kim and Staff

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