Torn Earlobes

Those hoping to adopt a cleaner, more grown-up appearance often view stretched earlobes as a reminder of their teenage years.

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Gauging can often lead to torn earlobes, causing serious health complications. Not only are torn earlobes painful, they can also cause infection and long-term irritation. In addition to the health risks they pose, torn earlobes can also detract from your look. Those hoping to adopt a cleaner, more grown-up appearance often view stretched earlobes as a reminder of their teenage years. Whether you’re hoping to adopt a new, more professional look or simply want to repair your damaged earlobes, Dr. Travis Shaw can help.

Trouble With Torn Earlobes

Common causes of torn earlobes include: lacerations, tears, bites, and other forceful motions. In some cases, earlobes may tear due to overstretching. The elasticity and vascularity of most ears allow individuals to stretch them far beyond their standard size without the risk of tearing. However, those that stretch their lobes any larger than 8mm enter what is known as “the point of no return.” Past this level, earlobes lose the ability to shrink back to regular size. Tears become more likely the further lobes are pushed.

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Torn Earlobe Repair

Travis Shaw, MD is happy to provide his surgical expertise to those seeking torn earlobe repair. A typical surgery with Dr. Shaw involves an examination of the earlobes, taking their size and elasticity into account. The lobes are first marked to indicate areas where the doctor will cut. Then, a local anesthetic is applied to prevent discomfort and the surgery begins. The procedure involves making several incisions and then suturing earlobe skin back to return it to normal size.

Earlobe Surgery Results

Following the procedure, it may take about 3 months for your scar to heal. During this time, some aching and mild pain may be experienced as your skin undergoes the natural healing process. As with any surgical procedure, earlobe surgery does carry some risks. These risks include bleeding, infection, and sensitivity among other issues. After your skin is healed, you can expect your earlobes to return to normal, though some mild scarring may still exist.


Torn Earlobe Surgery in Richmond, Virginia

Travis Shaw, MD is a skilled medical professional dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the Richmond community. If you are struggling with torn earlobes, Dr. Shaw has the treatment for you. Make an appointment today by calling/texting (804) 775-4559 or submitting your information via the form below.


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