Earlobe tears and splits are extremely common and occur to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world. Earlobe damage commonly occurs to individuals who wear heavy, dangling earrings that eventually work their way down through the lobe, separating it as it goes. Another common reason is enlarged openings due to prior gauged earrings. Large hoop earrings can catch on clothing, which also results in a torn earlobe. The most common cause of earlobe damage, however, is repetitive daily use of earrings over many years.
What is earlobe repair?
The most common method used for repairing a torn/split earlobe involves cutting a small notch on the torn lobe then meticulously stitching the lobe back together to restore it. The entire minor surgery procedure takes approximately 15-30 minutes. Healing generally takes 7 days, after which sutures are removed.
What can I expect after Earlobe Surgery?
You will be able to return home immediately after the procedure with a small bandage covering your stitches. You may experience some pain and swelling lasting a few days after the surgery, however the amount of pain and swelling is minimal.
Will I be able to pierce my earlobes again?
After the earlobe has healed and the scar has softened, it can be re-pierced in an area away from the scar. Usually, Dr. Myers recommends waiting at least 3 months prior to piercing the repaired earlobe.
If you have questions concerning Earlobe Repair, call our office and schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Myers. At your visit, Dr. Myers will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan for your condition.
Dr. David Myers
Dr. David Myers is a board certified dermatologist and Fellow of the American Society for Mohs Surgery. His expertise and attention to detail make him a trusted doctor in his community.