Split earlobes are mostly caused by wearing heavy earrings for several years but the split can also be the result of general trauma. People with thin earlobes are particularly prone to this problem.
You don’t even need to have your ears pierced for your earlobes to split. Clip-on earrings also have the ability to restrict blood flow, which can permanently damage the earlobes. In some cases, necrosis can even occur.
Widened piercing holes can also eventually cause the earlobe to split, resulting in the earlobe needing to be repaired.
In an effort to repair the split earlobe, the area will be numbed using a local anaesthetic before the skin around the split or widened piercing hole is cut and stitched back together.
Dissolving stitches are mostly used but often these need to be combined with regular stitches too. Patients will be able to go home directly after their procedure but may need to return for the stitches to be removed.
If you do want to re-pierce your ears again after your procedure, it’s recommended that you wait at least 6 weeks to give the earlobes enough time to heal.
Following your earlobe repair, you will need to keep the incisions dry for 24 to 48 hours. Your surgeon may give you an antibiotic ointment to apply to the incisions until they are completely healed and the stitches have been removed.
Once the incisions have healed, there may be a light linear scar on either earlobe, which will fade over time.
Most patients can return to work directly after their procedure but since you may experience some discomfort, you may want to rest for 24 hours. It should also be noted that the stitches will be visible for a week after your procedure.
Any activities that could damage the ears while they are healing should be avoided.
Who is an ideal candidate for ear lobe repair?
You are an ideal candidate for this procedure if one or both of your earlobes have split due to heavy earrings. If you have purposefully stretched your piercing holes to accommodate larger earrings, you may are also an ideal candidate for this procedure.