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What type of ear surgery does Dr. Brooks perform?

If you have earlobe laxity from having worn large gauge stretchers, those are referred to as flesh tunnels and they can be closed and repaired. Heavy piercings or trauma from a torn earlobe from wearing earrings can also cause your piercing hole to be stretched out or uneven.


If a piercing has been torn slightly, sometimes adding a little dermal filler to the earlobe offers enough support, while a tear all the way through requires an earlobe repair. At the time of your initial consultation, Dr. Brooks will discuss your ear surgery goals in detail to establish the best surgical plan.

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Ear Surgery

A stretched-out or torn piercing hole in your ear(s) can be corrected by Dr. Trevor Brooks.

Results of Dr. Trevor Brooks’ surgeries can be viewed on his social media feed.

    • At the time of your initial consultation, you meet Dr. Brooks to discuss your ear surgery goals in detail and determine if it is the right surgery for you.

    • The surgical procedure is explained in detail.

    • Dr. Brooks ensures all of your questions are answered so that you can feel confident about your surgery decision.

    • Dr. Brooks will provide specific post-operative care instructions and return-to-work information during your consultation.

    • Click here for information on Dr. Brooks’ surgical payment options and cancellation policies.

    • You will want to inform Dr. Brooks if you plan to get your ears re-pierced again in the future. Scar tissue may mean you can’t have them re-pierced directly over the incision site.

    • Dr. Brooks will be happy to discuss further information on combining your ear surgery with other cosmetic procedures during your consultation.

    • Unless combined with another surgery, earlobe surgery is performed under local anesthesia.

    • The surgery takes about 30 minutes from start to finish to perform.

    • Call Dr. Brooks or go to a walk-in-clinic if you have any of the following:

      • A fever over 37 degrees.

      • Yellow, green or foul-smelling drainage.

      • A large red area around the incision.

      • An allergic reaction to the medications, or dressings (this could be shortness of breath, a rash/redness, hives, etc.)

    • Your follow up appointment:

      • Dr. Brooks will want to see you 6-8 weeks after your surgery. To ensure you get in within this time, please call 403-487-0460 promptly after your surgery to set the appointment.

    • Dressing/Bandages after surgery:

      • The large pressure dressing applied in the operating room should remain on, dry and intact for 1-3 days following the surgery. You may shower your lower body or bathe during this time if you keep the dressing dry (bathe with the areas out of the water). Pat dry, no aggressive rubbing.

      • If you have steri-strips under your large bandage, let them fall off on their own.

      • After the large dressing comes off, protect the incision with a band-aid for 2-3 weeks. Once the steri-strips fall off, you can start to apply a very thin layer of Polysporin and continue to cover with a band-aid.

      • Water may run over the area (shower/handwashing), but do not submerge the area in water for 3 weeks (no baths, hot tubs, pools, or ocean/lake water). Your sutures are dissolvable, and submerging them in water could open up your incision.

      • Your sutures are dissolvable (unless Dr. Brooks has said otherwise and rather has set you up for suture removal at the hospital). Dissolving sutures can take a full 4 weeks to dissolve completely. Occasionally they don’t dissolve so easily, and in that case, you may need to call Dr. Brooks to have him look at them. If it has been 3 weeks, and your incision has no open areas, then you can massage them to try and get them to break up.

    • Medication after surgery:

      • Take your regular medication as prescribed (unless Dr. Brooks has specifically instructed you otherwise). 

      • For pain take acetaminophen (Tylenol), unless Dr. Brooks has instructed you otherwise.

      • Avoid ibuprofen (Advil) and inflammatory medication (Aleve) for the first 4 days.

      • If you are prescribed an antibiotic, make sure you finish the entire prescription.

    • Return to work after surgery:

      • Most patients can return to work 1-2 days after the surgery. 

    • Activity after surgery:

      • Swelling is normal. Elevate the area above the level of your heart to minimize swelling and keep the area elevated on a pillow while sleeping.

      • Off and on, apply an ice pack as needed to the area for the first 3-4 days. 

      • Do not use heat.

      • Do not use exercise equipment or do cardio until Dr. Brooks gives you the go-ahead.

      • You may begin scar massage at 2-3 weeks (if there are no open areas to the incision). Use firm pressure and cream (Vitamin A, Vitamin E, or Aloe Vera are all excellent choices), and push against the direction of the scar (perpendicular).

      • A high-quality vitamin and silicone scar gel is available at Dr. Brooks’ office, but many are available at most pharmacies as over-the-counter products.

    • Sunshine:

      • After 3 weeks, if your surgical site is to be exposed to sun, apply an SPF 45 or higher sunscreen and for at least 1 year after continue to prevent the scar from changing to a darker colour.

    • Diet after surgery:

      • Resume your regular diet.

      • Drink plenty of fluids.

      • Stay away from alcoholic beverages for 1 week.

      • Limit caffeinated beverages for 1 week.

      • Avoid smoking/vaping for 3 months before and 6 weeks after surgery for better wound healing. Nicotine constricts blood vessels.

What to expect from  ear surgery

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