Reconstruction for a torn earlobe

There are  a few ways to repair a torn earlobe (Dr Young is near Seattle, Washington).  A more complicated approach is to used intricate flaps to repair the tear and reconstruct a new ear ring hole.  But this reconstruction is tedious and has a tendency to for more scars and to leave a larger hole that you would like. My preference is to take out the tear and close the earlobe completely followed by a piercing done 2-6 months later when it is all healed.  The only drawback with earlobe repairs are the incision and the scar that it creates. What I do for the incision scar is to carry out a resurfacing during the time of the reconstruction so that when it heals the incision is harder to see.  What I do is after I excise the tear, I carry out some dermasanding to take the top layers of the skin around the incision.  I then close the incision.  In a few weeks to a month the incision is healed over and much harder to see.  The concurrent skin treatment allows the person to have it fixed plus an added scar revision in one sitting.

Thanks for reading, Dr Young

Dr Young specializes in Facial Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery and is located in Bellevue near Seattle, Washington

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