Earlobe repairs generally happen when you have had a piercing that gets stretched out by wearing heavy earrings, or by some other trauma to the earlobe.
Repairing the earlobe is a simple, in-office procedure that involves local anesthesia, like going to the dentist, and incising out the damaged earlobe and sewing the two sides back together. This allows you to have a clean fine scar instead of a torn earlobe, to help support future weight of earrings once you are able to re-pierce them. Earlobe Repair is not covered by insurance.
Earlobe Repair Procedure
The earlobe repair procedure typically involves the following steps:
- Cleaning and numbing: The earlobe is cleaned and numbed with a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort during the procedure.
- Removing damaged tissue: The dermatologist carefully removes any damaged tissue from the earlobe using a surgical blade or laser. The goal is to create a clean, even edge that can be sutured back together.
- Suturing the earlobe: The dermatologist uses tiny, dissolvable stitches to carefully suture the earlobe back together, creating a smooth, natural-looking shape. The stitches are typically removed in about a week.
- Post-operative care: After the procedure, the dermatologist will provide instructions for post-operative care, which typically involves keeping the earlobe clean and dry, avoiding heavy jewelry or earlobe stretching, and avoiding any activities that could put pressure on the earlobe.