Earlobe Repair

Earlobe Repair

Excessive weight or trauma (especially when an ear is pierced in the wrong location) can overcome the strength of the earlobes, causing a tear in the tissue. This split may be unattractive and renders most jewelry unusable.

Most torn earlobes can be effectively repaired surgically. The procedure is performed with local anesthetic. The tear in the earlobe is excised and the earlobe is cosmetically repaired resulting in a straight line of sutures on the front and the back of the earlobe.

The ear can be re-pierced after the scar heals. We will let you know when you can safely re-pierce your ears, and advise you on the correct location for re-piercing.

This procedure can be modified to correct large defects in the ear from gauges.

Torn earlobes can be painful, and can make you feel self-conscious. Excessive weight in the ear or improper ear piercing (including piercing the ear in the wrong location) can overcome the strength of the earlobes, causing a tear in the tissue.

Even if your earlobe tear was not painful, the split may be unattractive, and it likely renders most jewelry unusable.

Earlobe repair can also correct earlobe stretching. If you previously wore gauges, the earlobe will only partially grow back together after they're removed. To fully repair the earlobe requires the help of a safe, minimally-invasive procedure.

Most torn earlobes can be effectively repaired surgically. The procedure is performed with local anesthetic. The tear in the earlobe is excised and the earlobe is cosmetically repaired resulting in a straight line of sutures on the front and the back of the earlobe.

It's important not to get ear piercing done right after the earlobe repair procedure. Piercing the ear too soon after, or too close to the scarring, can result in infection or further tearing. But the ear can be re-pierced after the scar heals. Your dermatologist can let you know if you are a good candidate for earlobe repair. Once the scarring has healed completely, we can safely pierce your ears in a clean, sterile environment to minimize the risk of infection. Don't let a torn earlobe hurt your confidence. Talk to your dermatologist about earlobe repair, and set up your appointment today.

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