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.