A split earlobe is a disfigurement that is usually caused by injury or piercings. In the latter case, it can be caused either by inept piercing or overly heavy earrings that stretch the holes. A split earlobe can, therefore, range from an oversized hole to a complete split in the earlobe. Regardless of the cause of the deformity, split earlobe repair can likely be used to fix the situation.
What Does Repairing a Split Earlobe Involve?
Split earlobe repair is a type of reconstructive surgery and is usually best performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. The details of each procedure vary from patient to patient, as no two people are exactly alike. It is typically performed under local anesthesia. Our surgeon may remove the skin on the edge of the earlobe and create a smooth border. The entire procedure can be performed in as little as 15 to 20 minutes.
What is the Recovery Like?
The patient can usually go home right after the operation. They will be told not to put a lot of pressure on the ear, and they may be given medications. Our team will advise them on the proper way to care for their ear. The recovery is relatively fast, especially when compared to other surgical procedures.
The patient should not wear earrings for a set amount of time after the operation. When they do start wearing earrings again, they should start with small and light studs to prevent the earlobe from splitting again.
Who is a Good Candidate for Split Earlobe Repair?
The ideal candidate will be someone with good overall health and realistic expectations regarding the procedure, the recovery and the results. Patients with a history of keloids or severe scarring are not good candidates.
The absolute best way to determine if you are a good candidate for split earlobe repair is to schedule a consultation at the office of Zachary Farris MD in Dallas. During this meeting, you can learn more about the procedure as our team evaluates your particular case. Feel free to ask whatever questions you may have and ask to see before-and-after pictures.
So, are you a good candidate for split earlobe repair? Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out!