Earlobe repair

Last update on Aug, 22, 2023

What is an earlobe repair?

Loboplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects altered earlobes caused by genetic defects, the natural aging process, or stress-related issues, such as stretched piercings. Lobulpastics aims to restore the normal shape of the earlobe. 

What are the most common problems with earlobes?

The most common earlobe problems are earlobe dilation, separation or rupture. This can be the result of traumatic events such as forcefully yanked earrings, the use of dilators or, in rarer cases, a congenital factor. All these problems, however, are easily resolved by undergoing loboplasty.

Broken earlobes

Lobe Cleft, also known as Lobo Bifidus, consists of the separation and breaking of the earlobes into two parts. This earlobe split is usually caused by traumatic events, such as forcibly tugging earrings. In rarer cases, the lobe cleft can be congenital or as a result of a genetic condition present since birth.

Extended earlobes

An elongated earlobe commonly occurs due to wearing excessively heavy earrings or jewelry over time, causing the hole to widen gradually. There is a risk that the hole may enlarge to the point of partial or total separation of the lob.

Torn earlobes

A torn earlobe typically results from a traumatic event, often caused by forcefully pulling earrings, leading to the lobe breaking into two parts.

Stretched earlobes

A stretched earlobe is caused by the use of dilators. These particular piercings, in fact, enlarge the lobe hole up to considerable dimensions. If the dilation size exceeds 8 millimetres, it is improbable for the hole to naturally shrink, resulting in a conspicuously abnormal-looking earlobe when no piercings are worn.

Split earlobes

A split earlobe or a detached earlobe are the result of a traumatic event that resulted in the separation of the earlobe into two distinct parts. Loboplasty is a very effective solution to try to solve the problem.

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What causes earlobe problems?

Generally, the causes of ear problems can be congenital, though rare, or related to traumatic incidents leading to lobe division. In all such cases, an effective solution is loboplasty, a procedure lasting approximately 30 minutes, which enables the restoration of an almost normal earlobe.

How does earlobe repair work?

Earlobe repair consists of a small outpatient surgery under local anesthesia.

In the case of separation into two parts, known as a cleft, the lobe is incised along the dividing line of the halves, and then the two flaps are reconnected and sutured. For dilated lobes, incisions are made at pre-established points, excess skin is removed, and the parts are rejoined to recreate a harmonious shape.

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Frequently asked questions

How long does the surgery last?

The loboplasty operation lasts about 30 minutes; the reconstruction consists of a small outpatient surgery that takes place under local anesthesia.

How long does recovery take after the surgery?

The scars that result after the surgery will fade to a lighter color after just a few days. After a few months the scars will be practically invisible, with no obvious signs of the problems preceding the operation.

Is earlobe repair surgery painful?

Loboplasty is a small operation performed under local anesthesia and is not painful. It is possible to feel some discomfort in the days following the operation when the affected part regains sensation. Within a few days, however, the pain usually subsides.

Are there alternatives to earlobe repair?

Loboplasty is the most effective solution to restore both functional and aesthetically pleasing lobe integrity.

What are the advantages of earlobe repair?

By undergoing loboplasty, you can regain an almost normal lobe through a brief surgical procedure.

What are the complications of the surgery?

To date, no particular complications brought about by loboplasty have been detected. The only precaution is to avoid earrings that are too heavy so that the same problem does not recur.

Loboplasty: solution for earlobe problems

Loboplasty is an effective solution for ear lobe problems. However, it is always advisable to consult a doctor for the correct diagnosis.

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