earlobe repair surgery

Earlobe Repair Surgery / Torn or Split Earlobes

A torn earlobe is one of the most common aesthetic deformities of the ear. This can result from heavy earrings, an earring that is pierced in an improper position, from getting snagged on clothing, or a child grabbing or pulling on an earring. When this happens, you are unable to wear your regular earrings. This appearance can affect the quality of one’s life but thankfully it can be repaired with minimal scarring.



What to expect during your earlobe repair appointment?
◦ Your doctor will review the plan and potential risks and side effects of the procedure.
◦ The earlobe will be numbed with local anesthesia.
◦ After the procedure, it will bandaged.
◦ Written wound care instructions will be provided.
◦ The sutures will be removed one week later.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, and typically takes less than one hour. After the procedure, there is mild discomfort; if necessary, Tylenol can be taken afterwards. The stitches are removed one week later.

Potential risks and side effects:
◦ Immediately after the procedure, there may be some bruising, swelling and mild tenderness; these should improve over a few days.
◦ Infection is possible, but rare.
◦ Because there will be sutures, there will be a fine line scar.
◦ The ear can be re-pierced 2-3 months after the repair is performed, and should be done by a physician.