Split Earlobe Repair: What to Know

By AOO on July 1, 2020 under ENT

Split Earlobe Repair: What to Know

Pierced or gauged ears are a popular look, but it’s a risk that they tear or split because of too much stretching, sagging, or injuries. In this case, it can come with a risk of infection or other complications if not repaired by an ENT specialist. If you’re in need of earlobe repair, then our expert team can ensure you get the care you need. Here’s what to know about this option and how it can help.

Split Earlobe Repair

A split in the earlobe can be partial or complete. In either case, it’s common to feel self-conscious about it. An earlobe repair procedure is simple but delicate and can repair either type of split. It’s usually performed under local anesthetic and can require some advanced techniques by your ENT specialist to make sure you don’t’ have visible scarring or keloid formation. Usually, it requires the healed skin to be removed so that the edges can be sutured back together and fuse into a complete, intact earlobe. Earlobe repair doesn’t require much downtime and you can often return to your regular schedule quickly.

What Causes Earlobe Tears?

Earlobe tears can happen from things like small children or pets, and even pulling clothing over the head. Any accident that entangles an earring can cause a tear in the lobe. Wearing earrings made of heavy materials can cause stretching over time, which is often called a partial tear. Any tear can cause bleeding, infection, pain, or an abnormal appearance as it heals, as well as scarring that makes it difficult to wear earrings.

What is Recovery Like?

You’ll be given steps to follow during the first few days after your procedure like changing bandages and using an antibiotic ointment. You should keep the ear clean and dry to promote good healing. Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually enough to manage discomfort, and you’ll receive instructions on how much to take and how often. You’ll also be instructed to wear a special headband to support the ear as it heals. Generally, full healing takes place over a period of a few weeks. Most patients return to their normal routines the day after surgery. However, you should avoid vigorous exercise for a few weeks. With ear surgery, it’s important to take steps to prevent scarring, so you’ll receive detailed instructions. The earlobe can be re-pierced after it’s healed, so your ENT specialist will give you the best idea of when it’s safe to do so.

Schedule a Consultation

Earlobe tears can be painful and distressing, but it’s important to know that you can get excellent results with the right techniques from your ENT specialist. To learn more, we invite you to contact our Denver, Lone Tree, and Castle Rock locations by calling or filling out our online form.