If you have a torn earlobe because of an injury, or if you thought intentionally stretching your earlobes seemed like a good idea but now regret having the gaping holes, you’re not alone. Earlobe repair at our Worcester and Chelmsford locations is a common procedure for patients with stretched or split earlobes that can often be completed in less than hour.
If you are interested in repairing damage from ear gauges or a torn earlobe, request a consultation online or call Worcester Dermatology Associates at (508) 754-3823 in Worcester or (978) 256-4151 in Chelmsford.
Candidates for Earlobe Repair
People usually seek to repair earlobes for cosmetic reasons. Pierced ears can be split accidentally if an earring gets pulled through the hole, or heavy earrings can gradually cause the hole to widen. The trend to intentionally stretch earlobes – called “gauging” – that was popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s is resulting in an influx of people wanting to close the holes.
Before-and-after photos of actual patients show the results we get from earlobe repair surgery. Our dermatologic surgeons can help you, too.
Earlobe Repair Procedure
Earlobe repair is performed at our office as an outpatient procedure using a local anesthetic. The earlobe is cleansed and then numbed. Repairing a split earlobe typically involves removing a small amount of skin surrounding the split and then carefully suturing the skin together.
Repairing a gauged hole is a bit more complicated simply because there is a hole where soft tissue normally would be. The repair requires more than suturing the hole closed. Instead, layers of skin from the area surrounding the hole are used to create enough tissue to close the hole.
Most patients are comfortable returning to their normal activities following earlobe repair. Keep the wound dry for 24 to 48 hours. After that, it’s important to follow the wound care instructions provided by our office, which may include applying ointment.