Accidents happen and we all do things we regret when we’re young. Piercings, torn lobes, and ear gauges are visible reminders of a decision we can repair. Torn earlobes are a consequence of earrings, no matter how careful you are. As you enter the corporate world or apply for certain jobs, a torn or unnaturally stretched earlobe can prevent you from getting the career that you want. It can also prevent you from projecting the image you want to create, no matter what the occasion.
Why Do People Get Earlobe Repair?
Most Fairfax and Northern Virginia patients who repair their earlobes have pierced or had gauges in their ears which have caused:
The common complaint is that constantly wearing earrings or putting a gauge in has stretched ears out or, in some cases, completely torn the earlobe. Other people tear their earlobe in an accident and wish to repair the traumatic injury.
How Can I Repair My Earlobe?
Luckily, repairing a torn earlobe repair is straightforward. Most procedures will only take 15-30 minutes and can be performed using only local anesthesia. During the procedure, Dr. Jespersen will:
- Make sure your earlobe is completely numb.
- Suture your earlobe together.
- Send you home.
The healing process will only take 7-10 days and Dr. Jespersen will remove your sutures at a follow up appointment.
What Will Recovery Be Like?
Once your surgery is over, you will be able to return to work and resume normal activities on the same day. It is normal to feel very mild pain for a few days, but other than that you will not experience any discomfort. At home, you will need to care for the surgical area by keeping it clean. Dr. Jespersen will provide you with more specific instructions following your surgery.
What Are the Benefits of Earlobe Repair?
Not only does earlobe repair allow you to restore the original look of your earlobe, but if you have stretched your ears with gauges it opens up many more job opportunities.
Although some positions will not discriminate solely based on gauges, there is some stigma attached to gauges in the job market. Stretched earlobes do not reflect the professionalism needed for most corporate jobs or many customer service positions. In addition the following organizations will not accept candidates with gauges:
- Military: Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.
- Government Agencies: FBI, CIA, and other federal or state agencies.
- Conservative Companies: This varies, but many companies have corporate policies that prohibit certain apparel and piercings.
The best way to determine if a company will accept someone with an ear gauge or severely stretched ears is to do some research prior to your interview. Depending on your interest in the company, it would be wise to perform earlobe repair prior to an in-person interview.
What Are The Drawbacks?
Once an earlobe is torn, the scar will never be as strong as the original earlobe. So if you tore or stretched an earlobe wearing heavy earrings, more heavy earrings are going to stretch your ears even faster the second time. If your ear was torn, tearing a second time will require less force.
Even taking this into account, most Fairfax and Northern Virginia patients do well after repair. The maximum strength in the repaired ear will be reached 6 months after the repair, so waiting 6 months before repiercing will improve the likelihood of avoiding another injury. Also avoid repiercing the scar. If you can place the piercing in tissue that has not already been repaired it will be stronger.
The other bad news is that it won’t be covered by your insurance. Costs for this procedure range from 150.00 for a simple torn lobe repair to significantly higher for a complex reconstruction required to correct a gauged ear.
How Do I Choose the Right Cosmetic Surgeon in Fairfax?
Earlobe repair is a very common cosmetic surgery, but there are certain qualities that you should look for to get the appearance that you want. Here are some qualifications that your cosmetic surgeon should have:
- Board certification
- Reconstructive surgery experience
- Before and after photos that you like.
Dr. Jespersen is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon in the Fairfax and Northern Virginia area with the expertise and experience to repair your earlobe. During a consultation she will be able to guide your decision and determine how she can help you.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jespersen, call our office in the Fairfax and Northern Virginia area at (703) 992-7969 or fill out the contact form.