The trend now in jewelry seems to be going towards the chunkier kind. The bigger and flashier it is, the better. But what most patients do not realize is the long-term effect this would have on their ears. Over time the earring hole in the ears can become elongated due to heavy earring use over the years. In some cases this can progress to torn earlobes. A torn earlobe repair procedure can easily correct this condition. This can also benefit those who had torn their earlobes because of injury as well as those who want to minimize the elongation of the earring hole before it becomes worse.
A torn earlobe repair is done using local anesthesia and is a very straightforward procedure. Patients have the option to retain their earring hole or to have a closed torn earlobe repair. Your surgeon will start by removing the skin lining the tear so that a raw edge is exposed. This will be sutured together and the technique used by your surgeon will depend on the type of deformity caused by the tearing as well as the elasticity of the earlobe skin.
Patients can still wear earrings after the procedure but they would need to follow the advice given to them by their surgeons to allow the wound to heal. Generally, for a closed torn earlobe repair, patients have to put off having their earlobes pierced to 6 months after the procedure. For rebuilt earring holes, patients should wait about 6 weeks after the procedure before they start wearing earrings because the new hole may still be weak to support it.
Learn more about torn earlobe repair and how this can help you achieve a new and more beautiful you. Call us today at (301) 652-8191 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter and her team.