Earlobe Contouring, Repair and Reduction

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Many factors can result in split, thinned out, stretched earlobes or elongated pierce holes. Whatever the issue, earlobe contouring, repair or reduction offer a relatively simple and satisfying solution. Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lucie Capek can provide you with the natural-looking results you’re looking for.

What is Earlobe Contouring?

If you have thinned out earlobes, it can make your earrings hang incorrectly and even lead to an earlobe tear. A simple solution is contouring your earlobes with HA filler, such as Juvéderm® Ultra. This product is injected into your earlobes to add structure and volume, which improves appearance but also firms up the weak tissues, potentially reducing the likelihood of a tear.

What is an Earlobe Repair?

Earlobe repair is becoming one of the most popular procedures in the United States. You may have a tear or split in your earlobe from an accident or wearing heavy earrings; or had gauges that you’ve removed, leaving large holes in your earlobes. An earlobe repair can restore your earlobes to a normal shape and size.

What is an Earlobe Reduction?

An earlobe reduction is exactly what it sounds like. It is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the earlobes. Large earlobes can be a trait you’re born with, or due to aging or stretching from earrings. During an earlobe reduction, Dr. Capek removes excess skin and reshapes your earlobes to look more proportioned and youthful, giving you confidence to wear your hair short or tied back.

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DR. LUCIE CAPEK

Dr. Lucie Capek offers advanced cosmetic plastic surgery from the unique perspective of a female plastic surgeon. Since 1996, she has been serving patients in the Capital District from Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Troy, NY. She is known for using the latest technology to perform body contouring, breast surgery, and facial cosmetic surgery. She personalizes every treatment to give each patient the most natural-looking results, enhancing their beauty and increasing their self-confidence. Above all, her practice is dedicated to your health and wellness. Dr. Capek understands that your beauty and confidence is about more than just your appearance. To schedule your first consultation, contact Lucie Capek, MD.

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Who is the Good Candidate for Earlobe Repair and Reduction?

To consider an earlobe repair or reduction, you may be a good candidate if you meet the following criteria:

  • Have enlarged earlobe holes
  • Have a split earlobe
  • Have overly large earlobes
  • Have stretched earlobes
  • Have asymmetrical earlobes
  • Are self-conscious about the size of your earlobes
  • Are in good overall health
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Are a non-smoker

The Earlobe Repair Procedure

The earlobe repair procedure begins with your earlobes being numbed with local anesthesia and is typically performed under in our QuadA-accredited office-based operating suite, Capek Surgical Arts, or a hospital operating room.

The anesthesia stings a little bit for a few seconds but the rest of the procedure is painless. Dr. Capek will create clean incisions along the edge of your tear or pierce hole which she then repairs with sutures. In some cases, particularly with a large hole from gages, excess tissue is removed from the earlobe, and then the earlobe is reshaped and repaired. The whole procedure typically takes less than 30 minutes, although post gage repairs may take longer.

The Earlobe Reduction Procedure

The earlobe reduction procedure begins with your earlobes being numbed with local anesthesia and is typically performed in our QuadA-accredited office-based operating suite, Capek Surgical Arts, or a hospital operating room.

The anesthesia stings a little bit for a few seconds but the rest of the procedure is painless. Dr. Capek will mark out the tissue to be removed. The excess tissue is then surgically excised, using the PacMan technique or other pattern to create the best shape with as little scarring as possible. The incisions are closed with sutures. The whole procedure typically takes 30 minutes.

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CAPEK SURGICAL ARTS

Dr. Capek is pleased to offer her patients an intimate, comfortable and discreet surgical experience at Capek Surgical Arts (CSA), her state-of-the-art Quad A accredited operating suite right here in Latham, NY. You can undergo your procedure under the expert care of board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Capek and her exceptional team of anesthesia and clinical staff without having to go to a hospital or surgery center.. Cae you can expect with Dr. Capek and her team.

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After Your Procedure

Recovery from earlobe surgery is relatively brief. Your incisions and sutures will be covered with beige tape that stays on until your follow up visit in about 10 days, at which time your stiches will be removed. The nurse will retape your earlobes for another week to protect the incisions as your swelling goes down and you continue to heal. You will have permanent scars on your earlobes, but these gradually fade over time and become less noticeable. If you want to get your ears re-pierced, you need to wait about eight weeks and the new piercing should not be directly in the scar as this may lead to a recurrent tear. You can return to work immediately if you have a sedentary job. Avoid raising your heart rate or doing anything too strenuous for a couple of days to prevent bleeding.

Discomfort is usually minor and you can treat it with over-the-counter medications such as Acetaminophen. Avoid Ibuprofen or other NSAIDS for a couple of days to minimize the risk of bleeding.

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