Dear Patients, As COVID-19 continues to spread, the healthcare system is changing to keep everyone safe. Following the guidelines set forth by the CDC, WHO, Department of Health, and our state and federal officials, we are adapting new practice patterns to maintain your care while protecting the health of all of our patients and employees. Below are the steps we will be taking to help flatten the curve. • In accordance with the State of Emergency we require that all patients and visitors wear a facial covering/mask • All patients and visitors will be screened and examined for symptoms of illness prior to entering the office. • We are decreasing our schedules to comply with social distancing. • Our practitioners will determine what essential, urgent cases need to remain on the schedule and seen in the office. Patients scheduled for non-essential or elective services will be rescheduled. • We have our clinical teams working diligently to assist patients through telephone and non-contact methods of communication. • Virtual visits (telemedicine) for appointments that video conferencing is appropriate. • Staff members are available via phone Monday thru Friday from 8 am-4 pm to answer your questions and assist you with scheduling. We have implemented more stringent sterility procedures • Only scheduled patients will be allowed into the building, exceptions are patients under the age of 18 or handicap/disabled (only one companion will be allowed to accompany with these exceptions). If someone accompanies you, they will be asked to wait in the car. • Our waiting room will be arranged for social-distancing. • In an effort to limit patients in waiting rooms, after you check in you will be taken to exam room to wait for your provider. • All exam rooms will be thoroughly cleaned with approved disinfectant between each patient. • Remember if you are experiencing or have come in contact with someone experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or respiratory issues, have been in contact with anyone that has the Coronavirus, have traveled out of the country in the last 14 days, have been on a cruise ship in the last 14 days or have been hospitalized within the past 30 days, please stay home, we will reschedule your appointment. We are monitoring this situation on a daily basis and will continue to provide updates should there be any changes. We appreciate your patience and the support through this challenging time. Stay safe and healthy!

Stretched or torn earlobes are very common and very easy to repair. Split earlobes usually occur from an accidental pulling on an earring, chronic pulling by heavy earrings, sleeping in earrings, poor placement of piercing or the use of gauges in the ears. This procedure is performed in the office. A small amount of damaged tissue around the tear is removed to allow for the best repair. Sutures are removed after five days. You may notice a fine linear scar at the surgical site. Over time the pinkness will fade. Re-piercing of the ear can occur 6-8 weeks later. It is recommended to use at least a 14kt gold post earring. The new piercing is not placed in the same exact location because the skin/tissue is weaker and will not be able to support it. It is usually pierced right above or below for the best outcome.

To learn more about split ear lobe repair click here or call the office at (302) 998-8007.