Piercing an earlobe places it at risk of tearing. The amount of stretching of the earlobe opening depends on the size, style and weight of the earrings you wear. The larger, dangle style earrings can easily catch on clothing or be grasped by a child resulting in a partially or completely torn earlobe. Repair of a torn earlobe is performed by Dr. Pelias in New Orleans using a local anesthetic. Torn and elongated ear lobes are repaired with a minor surgical procedure. Most torn ear lobes can be repaired by simply taking out the edges of the tear and repositioning the new edges evenly and allowing them to heal in place. Filler injections can make thin earlobes thicker and more resistant to tears in the future.
Elongated, over large and misshaped earlobes can be shortened or reshaped to provide a more attractive, youthful appearance. Long, pointed earlobes can be shortened and made to look more natural. Correction of this "pixie ear" deformity is an in office procedure.
How long is recovery from earlobe repair?
A little antibiotic ointment is applied and tiny amount of drainage from the wound is to be expected. Most patients return to their usual activities the same day. Dr. Pelias will remove any sutures in 1 - 2 weeks after your earlobe repair procedure.
How soon can I wear earrings after earlobe repair surgery?
Wait about three months or until your scar is soft before you get your lobe re-pierced. Then wait another three months after surgery before wearing large or dangling earrings.