Earrings are intended to accent our appearance, add playfulness to an outfit, and generally enhance certain aesthetic aspects of our personalities. These goals become impossible to fulfill when we are dealing with torn or outstretched earlobes, both of which can occur as a result of wearing heavy or large earrings.
Board-certified Indiana plastic surgeon David Robinson, M.D., can fix torn or stretched earlobes so that you can enjoy your healthy, shapely earlobes, or even return to wearing earrings. Learn more during an initial consultation at Indiana Plastic Surgery: 219-513-2100.
When Is Earlobe Repair Necessary?
Earlobe repair in Indiana is recommended for those whose earlobe has torn or stretched to the point that the earlobe has become disfigured. Damage to the earlobe often occurs in men or women who regularly wear heavy earrings that pull the skin of the earlobe down.
Prevent a Torn Earlobe
- Avoid wearing heavy earrings for a prolonged period of time.
- Remove earrings during intense activity, or at the hair salon.
- Be aware of children who may grab your earrings.
- Don’t allow young children to wear large, dangling earrings.
In recent years, a trend has emerged—people are using tapers to stretch their earlobes. This tendency has caused an increase in the popularity of earlobe repair in Indiana. Injuries to the earlobe may also be caused during accidents, especially when wearing large earrings and talking on the phone or playing with children.
How Earlobe Repair Works
Your earlobe repair can be performed in an office setting and will most likely last less than one hour. Using a local anesthetic, Dr. Robinson will stabilize the earlobe and remove any skin surrounding the split to create a clean edge. He will then stitch the ear back together to create a smooth surface.
The earlobe repair procedure is quick and relatively painless. The results, in most cases, create an aesthetically pleasing earlobe. Sutures will be placed into the lobe and removed within two weeks.
After Earlobe Repair: Can I Wear Earrings Again?
You can expect some discomfort and swelling and may need to wear a dressing on the ear for a few days. The sutures used to repair the earlobe will be removed within two weeks. Any scarring will generally fade over time. If the ear-piercing hole is closed up during repair, it can usually be re-pierced after about three months.
To prevent future damage to the earlobe, you should avoid wearing heavy earrings for long periods of time, and remove your earrings during activities that put you at risk for another torn earlobe.
Contact Indiana Plastic Surgery by calling 219-513-2100 to schedule an examination of your earlobes and a consultation with Dr. Robinson. We serve patients throughout northwest Indiana at our offices in Munster and Valparaiso.