Torn Earlobe Repair

What Is Torn Earlobe Repair?

Torn-earlobe repair can correct damage to the lobe of the ear. Torn earlobes most commonly occur when an earring is caught on a garment and tugged, or when a child inadvertently tears the lobe by pulling on an earring. Patients often cannot wear earrings after tearing an earlobe, as the split prevents jewelry from being properly positioned. Additionally, a tear can affect the shape of the earlobes, resulting in disproportionate lobes and aesthetic imbalances. Top NYC plastic surgeon Dr. Barry Weintraub offers earlobe-repair surgery to correct torn holes, and to enable patients to resume wearing earrings again.

Earlobe tears are categorized in terms of “incomplete avulsion” and “complete avulsion.” An incomplete avulsion is, essentially, an incomplete tear by which the earlobe rim is preserved, resulting in an unsightly long vertical hole or slice. A complete avulsion occurs when the ear is completely torn through the bottom of the lobe – in other words, from the piercing site to the ear’s edge. Both situations can be rectified by an earlobe-repair procedure. The damaged earlobe will be repaired under local anesthesia with precision suturing on the front, curve, and back of the ear. After the sutures have been removed or have dissolved (depending on which approach Dr. Weintraub deems most appropriate to your specific needs), a new piercing will be placed near the previous piercing, allowing earrings to be stable and well secured. Torn-earlobe surgery is a fairly quick procedure and, in many instances, can take as little as one-half hour to complete. Patients can undergo earlobe repair at Dr. Weintraub’s state-of-the-art NYC surgical facility, where complete privacy and the highest medical standards are upheld.

Considering Torn Earlobe Repair

There is no specific chronological age that determines when you should have a rejuvenative procedure. When you look in the mirror and see something that truly bothers you – that’s when you should pick up the phone or send us an email to arrange for a consultation.  Remember, though, there is only one person to have plastic surgery for: you and you alone. It should never be undertaken due to pressure from others.

Goals of Torn Earlobe Repair

Torn-earlobe repair can restore the natural appearance of the earlobe by correcting any splits or tears. Undergoing earlobe-repair surgery can allow patients to correct the structure of the earlobe, providing a proper base for earrings to be worn without complications.

Your Consultation

You’ve certainly looked in the mirror many times. However, when you look in the mirror and begin to see things that upset you, that’s when you should schedule a consultation. A consultation will help give you a better understanding of your own issues.

When looking for the best plastic surgeon, you should:

  • Check for board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (there are many other boards, some legitimate, some not, but there is only one American Board of Plastic Surgery, established in 1931).
  • Ensure that the physician attends a major hospital in your community, and is in good standing with that hospital.
  • Confirm that he or she has a fine reputation amongst other medical professionals in your community.
  • Speak to the surgeon’s patients who have undergone similar procedures.

Remember, this is your treatment, and you are interviewing the doctor as much as he’s interviewing you. Do not hesitate to bring a list of questions with you on your consultation. And remember: a good surgeon is someone who not only has the skill to perform the treatment, but is someone who understands what your specific needs and desires are. A good surgeon should listen, listen, and listen!

Have no fear during your consultation. This is a time to speak, to be heard, and to develop a trusting relationship. Questions can be answered, and fears allayed. And while Dr. Weintraub is at the forefront of his field in terms of his techniques and medical developments, you will find his office environment to be warm, personable, and inviting. He and his staff truly care about each and every patient, and take great pride in making themselves available to help with every step of the process.

How Torn Earlobe Repair is Performed

Torn earlobe repair is performed under local anesthesia and can be performed in the treatment room. Dr. Weintraub can explain everything in detail during your consultation.

The Best Candidates for Torn Earlobe Repair

The best candidates for torn earlobe repair are well balanced, in good general and mental health, and possess realistic expectations.

What Sets Dr. Weintraub Apart

Dr. Weintraub has always been blessed with a strong aesthetic sense. He possesses a unique blend of medical science and artwork, as it truly is artwork that he performs on the human form. His attention to detail ensures that he gets the best results possible, and he is meticulous about everything he does, from pre-op to post-op care and beyond.*

He studied medicine at Cornell during a time when core values were emphasized, and it is on these values that he bases his practice. He believes that physicians should be humble and respectful, and should never lose sight that the person they are operating on is exactly that: a person possessing real-life issues and concerns. The chairmen of the department of general surgery at Cornell at the time, Dr. Tom Shires, along with another luminary, Dr. Leon Morgenstern of Cedars-Sinai, taught Dr. Weintraub that “The operating room is a sacred place. It’s a very serious place. Never be cavalier about surgery.”

During his surgical residency training, Dr. Weintraub regularly visited Mexico to donate his time operating on deformed children and adults who couldn’t afford proper healthcare. In less-than-optimal conditions, he learned how to perform surgery with the basics, and received great satisfaction in making profound differences in people’s lives by restoring their faces and bodies. Similarly, when he was Chief Resident at the New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center, and later when he was Chief Resident at the Reconstructive Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, he found that his compassion for patients, along with his skill and precision as a surgeon, could change lives and bring people joy they never thought possible.

Dr. Weintraub believes that surgery is never a race. The patient is always number one. He keeps in his wallet a piece of paper that is his motto in the operating room: “Always demand what is right, and never accept second best.” He likes to consider himself a “thinking surgeon,” and does not enter the operating room with a mechanical series of steps to execute robotically, but likes to remain alert and ready for whatever intraoperative challenges might spontaneously arise. Although many notable surgeons openly listen to music while performing surgery, Dr. Weintraub does not, preferring the mood of the operating room to remain serious and focused.

Over 60% of Dr. Weintraub’s practice is comprised of complex redos of surgeries performed by other offices. Such procedures always involve difficult issues, since there exist not only the limitations of a patient’s own anatomy, but also the limitations of another surgeon’s aesthetic, and the scar tissue that has developed as a result. Patients seek Dr. Weintraub from all over the world to correct their aesthetic problems. He takes great pride in getting the best results, and always enjoys the challenges of such procedures.

Last, Dr. Weintraub will not hesitate to turn patients away if he feels they are not good candidates for surgery. If a surgery is not in someone’s best interest, he will be the first to say so. However, when a patient is a good candidate, the results produced by Dr. Weintraub can be magical, and he feels that it is an honor to give patients a gift they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.

How To Get Started

Dr. Weintraub and his staff will be happy to discuss torn earlobe repair with you. Please call our New York City office for a private consultation. We hope you look forward to our warm welcome and the opportunity for us to help you make an educated and confident decision.

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