Ear lobe repair is a relatively simple procedure that can be performed in the office with just local anesthetic. The procedure takes about 20 minutes each side and the stitches are removed after 7 days. I use a special technique to break up the line resulting in minimal scarring. By using clear stitches you can minimize visibility of the incision. The post-operative course is relatively simple. There is minimal to no discomfort associated with the procedure. Usually Tylenol is enough to treat any discomfort you may have. In addition, the swelling associated with surgery is not too significant for the untrained eye to notice. I advise my patients to use anti-biotic ointment on the incisions to keep them moist for optimal healing.
Treatments such as laser therapy and micro dermabrasion may be used to remove the top layers of skin. When the new skin grows back it is smoother than before, and the appearance of the scar is normally reduced. Surgery may also be an option depending on the type and severity of your scarring. Scar treatments do not guarantee complete removal of the scar, but aim to make it less obvious. They can also help to reduce tightness caused by the scar tissue. The colour and type of your skin, your age and the type of scarring influence how much improvement you can expect. Scar revision usually takes between 30 minutes and an hour. It is normally performed as a day-case procedure often under local anaesthetic. This means that you will be awake, but the area will be completely numb. Sometimes, scar revision performed under general anaesthetic,