What is Earlobe Repair?
Earlobe repair is a frequently-requested cosmetic procedure to treat split earlobes or elongated earlobe holes. Patients may benefit from earlobe repair if they have earlobe trauma, worn heavy earrings or gauges over long periods of time, multiple piercings too close together, or a piercing to close to the bottom of the earlobe.
Earlobe repairs can be performed in the office, under local anesthesia.
Most patients can drive themselves home. The earlobe is cleaned and anesthetized. The excess skin is removed. Tissue may be rotated depending on the cause. Skin closure is then performed in layers. There is usually a fine scar when all healed.
What to Expect After Surgery:
Most patients return to work the next day, often the same day. Permanent sutures or absorbable sutures may be used for skin closure, depending on the individual case. Typically, we advise patients to wait at least three months before re-piercing the ear. We also recommend that the new piercing be at least 3mm from the old piercing site.