One of the bodies most easily damaged and most visible body parts are the earlobes. Damage to the earlobe can be caused by trauma or more often through piercings. Many times heavy or large earrings will lead to stretched, elongated or even split earlobes. Luckily, earlobe damage is easily repaired. You can have normal-looking earlobes after just a brief procedure, and you can even return to wearing earrings again.
Ear lobe repair is considered a minor procedure and is generally performed using a local anesthetic. Depending on the extent of damage, the scarred edges along the split are incised with a scalpel and the new raw edges are sutured together recreating a new and united earlobe. On average, the entire procedure takes less than 20 minutes.
Recovery is immediate with no down time. Patients typically experience mild redness, swelling and soreness lasting a few days. It is important to avoid pressure on the ear for a few days (cell phones), and expect to remove the sutures in about a week to 10 days. Re-piercing can often be performed at the same time (different location of the ear) or 6 weeks post repair.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks including bleeding, infection, bruising, and scar formation. Although the likelihood is very low, there is also the risk of recurrence with repair breakdown. During your consultation, a member of our team will discuss any questions or concerns you may have with the procedure.