My earlobe scar is healing but I work in the sun. (photo)
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Sunblock and scar cream to earlobe repair
Scar care after ear surgery
Best, Dr. KaramanoukianLos Angeles
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My earlobe scar is healing but I work in the sun.
At two weeks there is still a good amount of swelling around the incisions to reduce your earlobe. This gives more of an illusion that the scar is sunken because the surrounding tissue is more elevated with swelling. This should improve with time. As far as the sun and your healing, I tell my patients to keep the wounds covered until they turn white. The reason is if it gets a tan, that area will always be darker than your surrounding skin. Keeping it covered for the ear may mean using a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 once your physician clears that, and reapplying often. Because it is the earlobe that was operated on, that is quite amenable to placing tape over the wound to act as more of a physical barrier to the sun's effects.
I would recommend you follow up with your surgeon to get a better idea of when and what you can do to help with your earlobe scar.
I hope this helps and good luck.
as far as any further refinements to be done to the scar, usually you have to wait a full six months to a year before any further touching up. When in doubt, you can always see the doc that did your surgery. ears look great! now its just a matter of taking care of them. best of luck. hope this helps.
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