Otoplasty is normally performed for cosmetic purposes and is often called ear pinning. While otoplasty can be done for aesthetics, otoplasty is also useful for restoring function. One of the most common injuries to the ear is a torn earlobe. Let’s explore what causes a torn earlobe and how otoplasty can help.
What Causes a Torn Earlobe?
A torn earlobe can be caused by many different things. Let’s go over the most common reasons for a torn earlobe.
Earrings are one of the most common causes of a torn earlobe. Heavy earrings can stretch and even begin to tear the ear with extended use. While most people are aware when their earrings are too heavy, some people enjoy large earrings that can be heavy.
Gauges are a common type of jewelry that stretches a hole in the earlobe. It is common for someone with gauges to go up in size and stretch their ear further. However, this process can stretch and even tear the earlobe if done too quickly.
Injuries are the largest cause of a torn earlobe. This could be from car accidents, slips, workplace accidents, and much more. It is common for injuries to be caused by jewelry in the ear at the time of the accident like an earring getting caught on something.
How Can Otoplasty Help?
Otoplasty is the surgical alteration of the ear. Thankfully, otoplasty is often used to correct torn or overly stretched earlobes. First, local anesthetics are often used to make the procedure more comfortable. Then, incisions are made so the cartilage can be altered and repaired. Finally, the ear is sutured and left to recover.
Having a torn or overly stretched earlobe can be stressful. The last thing you want is a life-long injury. Thankfully, Dr. Gregory Wiener provides otoplasty services at his practice. Dr. Wiener takes a compassionate approach and believes in developing a relationship with each of his patients. His practice mixes technical precision with an artistic eye so that every procedure is a masterpiece in its own right. If you’re suffering from a torn earlobe, contact Dr. Wiener’s office at 773-763-3990 today.