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Maximize your results after torn or split earlobe surgery by following these basic post-treatment instructions. Please contact the office with any questions. 

General
  • Numbness around the area is common. 
  • No smoking or alcohol 
  • Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, or similar anti-inflammatory medication. You will be advised you when you may resume taking these medications. 
  • Other blood thinners, such as Coumadin or Plavix, must also be discontinued, under the guidance of your primary care physician. 
    • Avoid herbal medications, supplements, or teas, which may contain blood thinners 
    •  Increased risk of bleeding include, but are not limited to Vitamin E, garlic, ginger, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, and St. John’s Wort, fish oil, and green tea 
    • Arnica montana herbal tablet may help reduce bruising and swelling 
Diet

No restrictions on specific type of food or drink. Drink plenty of fluids. 

Activity
  • Sleep with your head elevated for the first 48 hours, to help reduce facial swelling. 
  • Caution while using a hair brush, hair dryer, or clothes which may catch or snag the ear. 
  • Avoid contact with substances which may irritate the skin, such as hairspray and makeup. 
  • Do NOT wear any earrings for 2 months, then may wear only clip-on earrings. 
  • Do NOT re-pierce the ear for 6 months. 
Wound Care
  • Small amount of blood from wound is normal. 
  • Avoid getting area wet for the first 48 hours. 
  • Place plain petrolatum ointment (ex. Vaseline) via a cotton-tip applicator on the incisions. Keep moist with ointment at all times for 1 month. Do not use any other creams/lotions. 
  • Keep the incision dry. You may wash the area with a mild soap and luke warm water after 2 days. Do not soak the area in water, or leave wet dressing against wound. 
  • Gently pat the area dry with a clean towel. Do not rub. 
  • Avoid direct sun exposure. Generally, you may start using sunscreen over the area at 1 week after the sutures are removed.