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 facial 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.
What Patients Are Saying
I recently had to find a new ENT after my employer changed my insurance. I have a complicated health history so it can be daunting to find a new provider that you trust. I was very pleased with Dr. Picerno – she was kind, patient and very thorough! I’m so happy to have found her! I also met with Amelia, an audiologist, and she was also awesome!
Had a great experience with Dr Cote and great results! Would recommend Dr Cote. I would also go back for anything else I may need! -Cheryl B.
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.
Nicolette A. Picerno, M.D.
Dr. Nicolette Picerno is double-board-certified with the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery. She received her medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, and performed her residency at the Medical College of Georgia. She completed a Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship training in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Picerno is married and has three sons. She enjoys spending time with her family and is an avid tennis player.