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Elongation of the opening of an earlobe piercing as well as complete tears through the earlobe margin are very common deformities that Dr. Steven H. Turkeltaub—our experienced plastic surgeon—is consulted on and treats. The causes of these issues include the chronic wearing of heavy earrings over the course of many years, trauma such as caused by children pulling on one’s earlobes or earrings getting caught in clothing while removing garments over one’s head.

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These tears or elongations do not close up spontaneously so that surgical repair is necessary. This is accomplished by the excision of the margins of the opening or the cleft and meticulous contouring and repair which can be performed in the office using local anesthesia. Re-piercing can be performed concurrently.

There is no real downtime so that one can even return to work or school the same day. Sutures are removed one week later.

The ultimate result of this procedure is a normal appearing earlobe once again.

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In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

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