Ear piercing has been a popular act of self-expression since ancient times. However, the decision to pierce your ears also comes with risks like scarring and tears. Earlobe repair can help to remedy these issues so that you can confidently wear earrings again.
What is Earlobe Repair?
Earlobes can be damaged by accidental laceration or heavy earrings. Torn earlobes are a common occurrence in patients who regularly wear heavy earrings, or have had their earrings pulled at. Torn earlobe repair can correct the earlobes, with little to no signs of scarring.
How is Earlobe Repair Done?
Earlobe repair is a simple procedure done by a trained surgeon. The surgeon will remove the healed skin on the inside of the earlobe and suture the edges back together. This allows for the earlobe to fully heal into an intact earlobe.
Any sutures will be removed about a week after surgery. If you wish to re-pierce your ear after earlobe repair, it is important not to re-pierce the ear in or right above the scar. This is because the scar tissue is weaker than surrounding tissues, risking the chance of another tear in the future.
Earlobe Repair Recovery
Following earlobe repair, patients may need to wear a head dressing to compress the ears. The ears commonly heal very nicely, with imperceptible scarring. After about 6-8 weeks, the ears can be re-pierced.
If you have a torn or damaged earlobe that you wish to repair, Associates of Otolaryngology can help. Contact our Denver office today to schedule a consultation with one of our ENT specialists.