Piercing an earlobe puts it at risk to tear. The size, style and weight of an earring can contribute to the stretching of the earlobe piercing. Large earrings that dangle are easily caught on clothing or grasped by a child. The result may be a partially or completely torn earlobe.
Cosmetic surgery to repair a torn earlobe is a frequent occurrence and is easily performed in our office using local anesthesia. Depending on the severity of the tear, the piercing can be left in place or can be redone after healing.
The procedure consists of “freshening” the edges of the piercing and placing sutures in multiple layers to complete the repair of the earlobe. The procedure takes less than one hour. There is minimal discomfort and no downtime.