Additionally, regularly wearing heavy earrings can lengthen the piercing hole and eventually cause it to pull through over time. People with thin earlobes are predisposed to this occurring. If your earlobe are sagging and less firm, you might want to also discuss with us earlobe rejuvenation, which reverses the effects of aging on our earlobes.
In order to correct a split earlobe, a widened piercing hole, or a stretched ear piercing, a surgical procedure is necessary. Dermatologic surgeons, like those with Dr. Henry’s experience as a Mohs Fellowship-trained, are an excellent choice to perform these earlobe repairs. We recommend starting with a consultation.
Like any other procedure, we start with talking about the patient’s goal, and then looking at the hole to determine the size and condition of the hole, along with the anatomy of the surrounding tissue. Some earlobes just need closure. Some need a more complex rotation of tissue. Usually, both earlobes can be done at the same visit, if repairs are necessary to both earlobes.
Typically, earlobe repairs are done as an outpatient, under local anesthesia, in the office.
Most patients can drive themselves home. The earlobe is cleaned and anesthetized. The excess skin is removed. Tissue may be rotated depending on the individual issue. The wound is then closed in layers, to take tension off the outer part of the incision. There is usually a fine scar when all healed.
Most patients return to work the next day, often the same day. Permanent sutures or absorbable sutures may be used for skin closure, depending on the individual case.
Typically, we ask our patients to wait at least three months before re-piercing their ear. We also ask that the new piercing be at least 3mm from the old piercing site. This is something that should be discussed with your doctor prior to getting the ear re-pierced and after the earlobe is completely healed.