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Earlobe SurgeryIn Nashville

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Have your earlobes or piercing holes been stretched or torn?

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Earlobes tear and stretch for several reasons. They do not contain the strong cartilage that gives your ear its structure. They are made up of only skin and fat and as a result, can be susceptible to tears, to injury and changes through life. Anyone who has held a small child knows that earrings are just waiting to be pulled.

Wearing heavy earrings can pull on the lobe, which in turn can stretch or even split the hole. If you’ve pulled a shirt over your head with your earrings on, you know how easily the earring can catch on the fabric. If you have done larger piercings, inserting ever-larger gauges, you may have holes that you now want to be closed up. With age, your earlobe can lengthen and be a telltale sign. If you want to restore your earlobes to their original state, or if you feel your earlobes are too big, and you are in Nashville earlobe surgery is available with Dr. Kate O’Connor, an accomplished plastic surgeon.

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What is Earlobe Surgery

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Earlobe surgery corrects stretching, tears, holes, and stretched piercings. If your ears were pierced too low, even a small tear can cause the lobe to split. Earlobe surgery is a procedure that reconstructs the earlobe back to its original shape.

The procedure requires removing the piercing hole and closing the skin back together. In some cases, earlobe reduction is also done for those who are self-conscious about the size or shape of their earlobes. Whether the earlobe reconstruction or earlobe reduction is needed, the surgery is a relatively simple procedure that takes little time. Only if there is severe damage to the ear does it require more extensive skill and a longer process. Volume can also be added back to the earlobes with fillers or fat borrowed from elsewhere in your body.

Benefits of Earlobe Surgery

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Earlobe surgery can give you back the original shape of your earlobes and repair any holes or tears. If you use gauges and want to go back to the way your earlobes were before, earlobe reconstruction can accomplish your goals. It can also help bring balance to the ear and compliment facial rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Kate O'Connor strives to offer the best earlobe surgery Nashville has to offer. If you are unhappy with the size of your earlobes schedule a consultation today. In any case, you can get your ears pierced again after the lobes have healed.

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Am I a Candidate for Earlobe Surgery?

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You are a good candidate for earlobe surgery if you are healthy with no underlying conditions that might make healing difficult. If your earlobes have been injured or if your piercing holes have been stretched or torn, or if your earlobes have split, earlobe surgery is the solution.

If you find that your earlobes seem to have grown as you have aged or have started to look deflated, earlobe reduction or the addition of fat into the lobes may restore a younger look. If you are looking for earlobe surgery in Nashville, Dr. Kate O’Connor is experienced in the procedure and can determine what can be done to restore your earlobes.

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What Happens During Earlobe Surgery Procedures?

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Dr. O’Connor will first spend time listening to what you want to accomplish with your earlobe surgery. She will evaluate your overall health. She will also ask about any medications and supplements you are taking. She will ask if you want to have your earlobes pierced again after the surgery and recovery.

Before the earlobe surgery procedure begins you will be given a local anesthetic in most cases, or twilight anesthesia if needed or additional procedures are planned. If repairing a tear that doesn’t reach the bottom of the lobe, the process is relatively simple and can be done quickly.

If the lobe is fully split, Dr. O’Connor will remove the damaged piercing tract and suture the inner and outer layers of skin and the fatty tissue that is in between these layers. The final repair may have to wait until that wound has healed.  Dr. O’Connor’s creative skill comes into play with more complicated reconstruction when the ear lobe needs to be reshaped. To close a hole, the edges of the skin have to be reconditioned so they can be reconnected. 

The more stretched the hole is, the more difficult it is to make the completed earlobe look normal. However, having a plastic surgeon with the skills Dr. O’Connor has, the result of your earlobe surgery will be excellent. After the surgery, Dr. O’Connor will explain the expected recovery process.

What Can I Expect During Recovery from Earlobe Surgery?

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Your stitches will be removed about a week after the earlobe surgery. Your earlobes may be uneven in texture and you may have some redness and bruising. You will likely have very little pain. Dr. O’Connor is a recovery specialist and uses a regenerative approach. For earlobe surgery in Nashville, Dr. Kate O’Connor, M.D., will repair or if needed, reconstruct your earlobes.

What Results Can I Expect from My Earlobe Surgery?

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Your earlobes will no longer have holes or tears. Splits will be reattached, restoring your earlobes to their original condition. If you have earlobe reduction surgery, the length of your earlobes will be shortened and will help restore your youthful look.

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Why Should I Go to Harmony Facial Plastic Surgery for my Earlobe Surgery?

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If you are looking for earlobe surgery in Nashville, plastic surgeon Kate O’Connor, M.D. can restore the natural look and recondition your earlobes. You can even have them pierced again if you wish. She will address any concerns you have and provide a holistic approach. Dr. O’Connor is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, the American of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the Tennessee Medical Society. Contact Dr. O’Connor for a consultation to determine if earlobe surgery is right for you.

When you decide to explore the surgical refinement of a facial feature, our goal at Harmony Facial Plastic Surgery is to begin your journey as a united team. We take our role in your care, happiness, and confidence to heart and strive to make your entire experience smooth and empowering. We will answer all your questions and help you understand your options to make the best decisions for yourself with a clear vision of your aesthetic goal in mind. We’re here to help you achieve your most confident self.

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