Individuals who wear heavy earrings might notice that the size of their ear piercing has progressively enlarged over time. Others may have accidentally torn their earlobe by catching their earring while putting on or taking off clothing. Earlobe repair is a procedure designed to do just that: repair stretched or torn earlobes.
What Does This Procedure Entail?
This is a relatively quick and easy procedure – it requires only a local anesthetic and can be performed in the office. This procedure generally involves careful removal of the surrounding skin around the stretched area to create a fresh wound. Fine sutures are then used to close the wound in multiple layers. Scarring is minimal and should be hardly visible.
Recovering From This Procedure
After your earlobe repair, fine sutures are typically removed in 6-7 days. A thin film of antibiotic ointment is applied 2-3 times daily to facilitate healing while the sutures remain in place.
Can You Pierce Your Ears Again?
Ears can be pierced again after this procedure; however, waiting for a minimum of 3-6 months is strongly recommended in order to allow sufficient healing. It is also important to be cautious with your ears and avoid heavy earrings.
Is this an Option for You?
If you have stretched or damaged earlobes and are interested in earlobe repair, please give my Irvine office a call or contact us here. This quick, easily performed procedure may work for you. You have options, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.