Ear lobe repair is a simple, safe, minimally invasive reconstructive surgical procedure done to restore the appearance of ear lobes that have been torn or elongated due to trauma or piercing or pull by heavy earrings.
Split earlobes can even occur in people who don't have their ears pierced. Sometimes clip-on earrings that are too tight can restrict blood flow to the earlobe, leading to necrosis, or death, of part of the earlobe, causing a split earlobe. There are also congenital causes of split earlobes.
Widened ear piercing holes, sometimes referred to as partially split earlobes, may result from wearing heavy earrings that gradually widen the piercing hole, or from earrings that were pulled while on the ear, but did not go through the ear.
Patients who have wide ear holes, say about 8mm, or those who have stretched out earlobes due to the wearing of heavy earrings are eligible for ear lobe repairs. Patients with other types of cosmetic damages such as split ear lobes are also eligible.
After the successful completion of the surgery, patients will notice small scars on their ear lobe, which may be red at first but will eventually fade away with time. Patients will be allowed to go home the day of the operation itself. Patients may also be asked to take certain medications to prevent complications. An antibiotic cream may also be given to apply on the area of the surgery. Generally, one would have to wait for about 6 months to get their ears pierced again