20 minute procedure can repair ripped earlobes

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Rebecca Spera has the story

Whether heavy earrings have damaged your ear lobes or they just don't look as good as they did when you were younger, one local doctor says there's a fix that takes less than 20 minutes.

"I'm really tired of my earlobe being torn, and I really want to wear some beautiful earrings," said Jennifer Rondeno.

Rondeno's right ear piercing is now a long, sagging hole, and her left ear lobe split completely. She went to Funk Facial Plastic Surgery for slit earlobe repair.

"We have a tunnel of skin for where that earring was placed previously. We need to cut out that skin inside that tunnel, and then re-approximate those edges back together," said plastic surgeon Etai Funk said.

The procedure is done in the doctor's office under local anesthesia.

"It went great. I didn't feel a thing," Rondeno said.

In six to eight weeks, the ears will be ready for earrings again and can be re-pierced. When the ears are re-pierced, women have to wear gold or gold plated studs for an additional three weeks. There's a two to three month process where you cannot wear dangle earrings.

The cost of the procedure usually starts around $400.

Beth Zerret, 74 is a patient with a slightly different problem. She says her earlobes haven't aged as gracefully as the rest of her body and have lost a lot of collagen.

"These earlobes become elongated and thin, and frequently we have to reduce the size of those earlobes and make them a little smaller, and they look more youthful that way," Funk said. "By reducing the size of the earlobe and creating a nicely shaped earlobe that's a little smaller, it looks like a more youthful ear."

If you're not ready to go under the knife, there's still a solution for you.

"We can inject filler like restylane or juvaderm into the earlobe to plump it up and give it a more youthful appearance," Funk said. "Filler alone, will simply just cause a fuller earlobe but it will still look long."

Fillers like that last six to nine months.

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