Occasionally a patient will have a problem with an ear piercing that creates a stretched or torn earlobe. Piercing problems can stretch and even completely divide the piercing site so that a cleft earlobe occurs. For some people, a habit of constantly touching or playing with heavy earrings can lead to a tear. This injury can also be suddenly inflicted, such as when an earring is caught on clothing and pulled.
Stretching of the earlobe piercing may occur over a long period of time with extended wear of heavy jewelry. Earlobes may be stretched intentionally for body modification jewelry, and some people seek to repair the earlobes later in life.
Repair to these problems can be done in the office to restore the appearance of the earlobe.
What Are the Treatments for Earlobe Repair?
Several techniques can be used to repair torn ear lobes. I choose the technique that is most appropriate for the injury. For instance, with a partial cleft, this usually involves incising through and suturing the tear. While the original piercing hole may be preserved, it’s usually necessary to get the earlobe re-pierced after healing is complete.
Surgical repair for earlobe clefts can be done in the office with local anesthetic, and sutures are removed in one week.
Do you have stretched or torn earlobes? Repair your earlobes and fix those problems for good! Call Dr. Todd Schneiderman today.