Understanding Earlobe Repair
- Posted on: May 30 2017
There’s no question that pierced ears are commonplace. But when you pierce your earlobe, you put it at risk for stretching, tearing and splitting caused by the weight and size of an earring. The good news is this can be corrected using a short in-office procedure.
How it Works
The process of repairing your torn or split earlobe depends on your individual circumstances, including how much tissue was lost and the type of injury you’ve sustained. It is done under local anesthesia and takes about an hour. If your lobe is split, your surgeon will suture together the outer and inner layers of the earlobe, along with the fatty tissue in between. This can only be performed once any swelling has subsided. If the earlobe is torn but not split, it can be treated immediately. You may be given a temporary spacer or stitch that acts as a placeholder for any earring you wear in the future, though your doctor will likely advise you to avoid wearing heavy earring for the first couple of months after the earlobe procedure.
You will experience some discomfort after the procedure. Over-the-counter medication like Aleve or ibuprofen can help manage any pain you experience. You will also be given instruction on how to care for your earlobe as it heals. This will involve applying an antibiotic ointment to the area to prevent infections. Any stitches you have will be removed within about a week after the swelling has gone down.
Preventing a Torn Earlobe
To avoid having a torn earlobe in the first place, it’s best to wear sensible earrings that don’t pull at the lobe excessively. This means avoiding large hoops or chunky earrings in favor of lightweight or stud earrings.
Do you want to learn more about earlobe repair?
For answers to any questions you may have about earlobe surgery, contact the offices of Dr. Aron Kressel, MD online or call us to schedule a consultation: 212.772.6968.
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