Earlobe repair is a minor earlobe reconstruction procedure to restore the appearance of earlobes that have been torn, split, stretched out or drooping due to ear piercing or trauma.
The three primary causes of damage to the earlobes are:
- Heavy and large earrings
As earlobes are soft with only skin and fat, the original ear piercing hole can be stretched from habitually wearing heavy and large earrings. The tear can grow longer and eventually splits the earlobe down the middle, especially if the piercing is close to the bottom of the earlobe.
- Ear gauges
A case where the earlobes are stretched intentionally with ear gauges - a type of body piercing that progressively increases the size of an earlobe hole to accommodate increasingly large circular earrings.
- Trauma or injury
The earlobe can be torn when an earring is accidentally caught by an article of clothing or hair brush, or when it is pulled by a toddler or pet.
Earlobe repair is usually done by suturing the tear. If the earlobe is seriously stretched and droopy then a surgical excision may be necessary to remove the excess skin and fat. It is a procedure done under local anaesthesia.
There is no downtime and the patient can get back to work immediately. The stitches are removed after 7 days.
The patient is put on oral antibiotics and painkiller for 3 days and given a scar treatment gel.