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Earlobe Repair city, state

young woman with dark curly hair The soft tissue of the earlobes is very important in the overall aesthetics of the face and neck, particularly in the profile. Unfortunately, this delicate tissue is easily stretched, torn, or macerated. In fact, something as simple as a heavy pair of earrings can significantly widen an ear piercing or even tear through the earlobe entirely! In other cases, a traumatic tear occurs, such as when an earring hoop or clasp is accidently caught on a brush or a piece of clothing, or when a child unknowingly pulls on an earring. Rarely, a pet may bite the ears, ripping the earlobe or other parts of the external ear.

Luckily, each of these issues can be treated with a simple surgical procedure called earlobe repair. Dr. Ransom closes an overly stretched piercing or repairs a completely torn earlobe using fine surgical instruments and hair-thin sutures. At the same time, some patients opt for a reshaping of the soft tissue (earlobe reduction). Earlobe repair is a minimally-invasive procedure and can be performed with local anesthesia or minimal sedation in an office-based facility or ambulatory surgery center.

After the procedure, a protective dressing may be required overnight. When the dressing is removed, the treated earlobes may appear slightly puffy or swollen. Minimal bruising and redness can also occur, but significantly swelling or pain should not. With appropriate activity restrictions, patients are typically able to return to school or work the next day, though earrings should not be worn for a week. In some case, it is necessary to re-pierce the ears; Dr. Ransom will do this for free in the office after the earlobes have healed appropriately. Earlobe repair can be performed with other aesthetic surgical or non-surgical treatments, such as rhytidectomy (facelift), scar revision, or Botox cosmetic. For more information about earlobe repair, please contact Dr. Ransom or schedule your consultation today!

Who is a candidate?

Anyone with a damaged, stretched, or torn earlobe is a candidate for earlobe repair. The only absolute contraindication to the procedure is an ongoing or recent infection of the area, including an infected piercing. This would have to be completely resolved before the procedure in order to ensure appropriate healing. For gauged earlobes, the details of the procedure are somewhat different, and depend largely on the size and shape of the gauges in place. For larger gauges, a complex rearrangement of the delicate earlobe skin is needed. Patients with a history of keloids or hypertrophic scars require special consideration. Dr. Ransom would be happy to discuss this in detail during your consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What should I expect after my earlobe repair procedure?
Answer: After the procedure, a protective dressing may be required overnight. When the dressing is removed, the treated earlobes may appear slightly puffy or swollen. Minimal bruising and redness can also occur, but significant swelling or pain should not. With appropriate activity restrictions, patients are typically able to return to school or work the next day, though earrings should not be worn for a week. Sutures are removed between four and seven days after the procedure.
Question: When can I wear earrings?
Answer: After the earlobes are repaired, it is important to allow sufficient time for healing before wearing earrings, particularly heavy hoops or dangling pendant types. Dr. Ransom requests that you do not wear earrings at all for the first week. After this time, if healing is progressing normally, studs can be worn. It is best to wait at least two weeks before wearing other types of earrings; Dr. Ransom will evaluate your ears before giving the “okay”. In many case, it is necessary to re-pierce the ears after an earlobe repair, to place the holes in a better or more comfortable position. Dr. Ransom will do this for free in the office, after the earlobes have healed appropriately. When the ears are re-pierced, the piercing studs are left in place for two weeks before other earrings can be worn.

Please note that all patients are different and individual healing times and results may vary. The statements regarding procedures and recovery made here are general rules.

Our Patient Reviews

San Francisco Center for Facial Plastic, Reconstructive & Laser Surgery

5 / 5.0

Based on 23 reviews

Christina G.

I had several nasal/sinus issues including a severely deviated septum and a dorsal hump, which I wasn't crazy about. Dr Ransom did both the medical and aesthetic parts of my surgery and he did a wonderful job! While I did have some swelling, I didn't experience much bruising at all. I loved that he left the natural look of my nose just making small corrections. My breathing has GREATLY improved. His office staff was super helpful in scheduling and making sure payment and everything was very clear. I am very, very, very pleased with my results!!

Tk I.

I had a terrible surf accident in Bali and needed to get 50 stitches to repair what the reef did to my face. I had emergency cosmetic surgery in Bali the day of the accident. Immediately when i got back to the states i was introduced to Dr Ransom through some mutual friends. I was searching for the best cosmetic surgeon in San Francisco to help in my recovery. He and his team have been amazing! he helped establish a plan for my post-op wound care/treatment and administered some initial laser treatments. Dr Ransom and his team are extremely knowledgeable and very patient / helpful. I am very grateful for their help and support. I am finally looking normal again!

Joey B.

I had three issues with my nose - which inhibited my breathing: 1- broken nose, 2 - narrow nostrils that collapsed when I inhaled through my nose, 3 - deviated septum. When I was living in New York, I went to see a doctor about my breathing issues, and he said my skin was too thin and there was likely nothing he could do to rectify the problem. Dr. Ransom was recommended by an ENT I saw through One Medical. As soon as he saw him, he said he could easily fix my nose, and remove the bump that had formed from the trauma. His confidence and strong sense of self immediately put me at ease, and I had little doubt that he could accomplish exactly what he promised. He showed me a modified picture of my nose , and really liked what he proposed. The end result very closely matched what he promised. Not only can I now breath much more easily through my nose, it looks much better. He managed to make it look like an improved version of itself, however I still look like me, and unless I tell anyone I had it done, it's not overly noticeable, which I prefer. I'm pretty vain and very critical, and I can say that Dr. Ransom is great, and comes highly recommended.

Edward T.

Doctor Evan Ransom took my surgery on relatively short order and did a wonderful job. He is very talented and has a nice friendly professional support staff. I can not thank him enough, he was calm, caring, professional and interested in the follow results of his work . He seemed to bring a certain artistry to the profession.

Lisa C.

Dr. Ransom is a talented physician. He is knowledgeable, professional and goes the extra mile to make you feel comfortable during your treatments. He has been blessed with an artistic eye which brings wonderful results. I highly recommend Dr. Ransom and would refer all of my friends and family members to choose him as their physician.

Cheryl H.

Dr Ransom is very kind, honest, and conscience doctor. I was referred by my best friend, she is also Doctor Ransom patient. She has so much good things said about Doctor Ransom. So I had a face lift done by Doctor Ransom on July 2015. He did a wonderful job on my face and I have a lot of compliments on my face. So if anyone want to get their face done. I would highly recommended Doctor Ransom to you. I give Doctor Ransom a five stars.

Jill P.

I have currently been getting botox regularly with Dr. Ransom and he does a fantastic job. My previous doctor's office moved to another location where it was no longer convenient. I didn't realize what I was missing until I went to Dr. Ransom. I felt really comfortable, but most important he did a terrific job blowing my previous doctor out of the park. (Sometimes it's good switch it up a bit to make sure you are getting the best treatment.) On top of that, Dee the office manager is an incredible asset to the office. She personalizes your visit and relationship with the office to an extent I have never experienced before. I even get follow up calls to see how I am doing after a treatment. I highly recommend Dr. Ransom for his great work, and his team's impeccable customer service.

Arielle C.

Dr. Ransom and Dee are the BEST! Whether it's aesthetic or reconstructive, I'd trust him over and over again with my face.