Scarring is minimal and is usually not noticeable once fully healed.
The patient has multiple financing options. For example, the patient can pay for the surgery on credit card, and make monthly payments back to their credit card. Additionally, CareCredit is a financing company specific for cosmetic surgery; patients can apply for CareCredit, and there are multiple options for CareCredit. Sometimes, patients opt to make payments directly to the office. This is a prepayment plan where a patient would pay until he or she pays the entire balance for the surgery; then, they would have their surgery.
The recovery for an earlobe repair is quick and easy. Following the procedure, the ears will be swollen and patients may experience minor bleeding immediately post-procedure. Bandaids and/or steri-strips are placed over the incisions are are kept on for several days, depending on how quickly the incisions heal. Sutures that are placed are either absorbable or removable sutures and are used differently and are situation dependent. Patients will be required to come back into the office approximately one week after procedure for follow up and possible stitch removal (if applicable and necessary). Pain is relatively minimal following the procedure.
We do have a post operative recovery facility that we refer our patients to in Orange County, CA and Los Angeles, CA. In these situations, they will be picked up by the post operative care facility from our recovery room and brought to the recovery center where they are recovered overnight, and then brought back the next day for their follow up appointment.