Otoplasty, known as earlobe surgery, is a surgical method used to correct earlobe irregularities or deformities. This procedure is usually considered cosmetic surgery since there aren’t often medical reasons to correct the shape of the earlobes. The goal is to restore the natural shape of the earlobes and enhance their appearance at the same time. This surgery is available from otolaryngologists and plastic surgeons specializing in facial aesthetics. There are many reasons why a patient might seek earlobe surgery. For example, sometimes an accident or injury happens that tears the earlobe tissue. One common example is if an earring is caught or pulled and rips through the ear. Or, earlobe surgery is an option for people with stretched earlobes due to wearing heavy earrings or ear gauging that changes the appearance of the ears. If a person wears heavy earrings for a prolonged period of time, then it can cause the piercing holes to become long and stretched out. Finally, some people are born with congenital deformities that affect the ears. In all of these situations, earlobe surgery offers an effective solution for reconstructing the earlobe and restoring the patient’s self-confidence at the same time.
If you choose to have earlobe surgery, then there are several steps the surgeon will follow to ensure your comfort and complete the procedure. Most of the time, local anesthesia is used instead of general anesthesia. So you will be awake the whole time. If multiple surgical procedures are being done at the same time, then sedation or general anesthesia might be recommended. The surgeon will inject a local numbing agent into the treatment area. Once the area is numb, the surgeon makes incisions on the natural creases of the ears. The extra tissue can be removed, and the tissue can be reshaped to create an ideal, natural contour for the earlobes. Small stitches are often needed to keep the incisions closed and ensure optimal healing. Then, you’ll need to plan for recovery time after the surgery. This treatment is an outpatient procedure, which means you will go home on the same day as the appointment. Always follow the surgeon’s recommendations for caring for the wound and keeping the area clean during your recovery period. It takes time for the incisions to heal and the swelling to go down, then you will see the final results within a few weeks.