Repairing a Ripped Earlobe

Since ancient times, people of both sexes have worn ear jewelry to enhance their appearance.  Unfortunately, the ears can become misshapen due to the jewelry’s weight, or a dangling earring can get caught and pulled, and the tiny wires can rip through the earlobe, as a result.  A torn earlobe appears raggedly notched; this damage is very visible and hard to conceal with hair or clothing.  In this case, a surgeon can repair the wounded earlobe.

Depending on the nature of the injury, reconstruction takes different forms.  In all methods, the surgeon removes the skin lining the opening, creating a raw edge to rebuild.  However, if the tissue has been lost, the procedure is more complicated, and the surgeon will need to create normal proportions around a somewhat smaller ear.

There are potential risks or complications of surgery, such as infections, scarring, allergic reactions, or visible sutures.  To minimize risks, you should meet with Dr. Usha Rajagopal, an expert plastic surgeon.

In advance of the surgery, Dr. Usha Rajagopal will meet with you to give you instructions you should follow, in order to make your surgical experience as easy and comfortable as possible and to minimize any risks.  For example, she will recommend that you stop smoking and taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs well in advance of the surgery, because smoking inhibits the healing process and anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding.

If you need surgery to repair injured earlobes, you should schedule an appointment for a free consultation with Dr. Usha Rajagopal.  Simply visit her site at www.sfcosmeticsurgery.com.

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