Earlobes are just as susceptible to damage as the rest of our skin; over time, they can become stretched, damaged, or even torn. The prolonged wearing of earrings or a complete pull of the same can lead to a torn or split earlobe. Fortunately, this can be repaired under local anesthesia in under 10 minutes.
A torn earlobe is arguably one of the most painful and stressful experiences, especially if the impact comes from a pulled earring that suddenly injures your earlobe. Earlobe repair surgery can correct such common issues with earlobes, including torn lobes, stretched lobes, elongated lobes, and split lobes.
It’s a relatively minor procedure that can be performed in a clinic setting under local anesthesia. The skin is removed within the split earlobe before the doctor can approximate the raw edges with stitches. Applying tape is the final step of the procedure before the doctor rules you fit to go home and start healing.
Most patients report little to no pain after the procedure and can return to their normal activities shortly after the surgery is completed. You’ll return within two weeks to have your stitches removed, and then you can re-pierce your earlobes within two months of the surgery.
However, you mustn’t re-pierce the scarred area as this is a weak point, and doing so could significantly increase the risk of re-occurrence. However, you should consider taking a couple of steps to help you lower the chances of experiencing a torn earlobe.
For instance, one of the best ways to prevent this from happening is to avoid wearing earrings that are too heavy. In addition, it is important to clean your earlobes regularly, as this will help to remove any buildup of dirt and oil, which can contribute to stretching and tearing. Finally, be careful when removing earrings, as yanking them out can put undue stress on the lobes.
If you are considering earlobe repair surgery, please consult with your surgeon to learn more about the procedures available and what may be the best option for you. If you have any questions about earlobe repairs or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us at (214) 363-1073, or visit us at Farris Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX