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Torn Earlobe Repair
Our earlobes are composed of skin and fat tissue only. There are no bones to provide underlying support and no cartilage to offer any resilience or structure. Earlobes that have become torn and damaged due to accidental injury or through the prolonged use of heavy earrings can be aesthetically displeasing and sometimes even painful. The good news is, torn earlobes can be easily repaired.
The treatment is performed under local anaesthesia and surgery is typically completed within 45 – 60 minutes. The actual time required will depend on the severity of your tear. Firstly, the torn earlobe is cleansed with an appropriate disinfectant. Your doctor will remove the skin that lines the tear, eliminate any surplus tissue (if required) and stitch your earlobe back together again. A sterile bandage is then applied to the treated area.
There are a number of common causes for torn earlobes, including:
Whilst only minor discomfort is reported by most patients following treatment, it’s important that appropriate post-operative care is taken to help minimise the chances of any surgical complications. If you have had prior instances of keloid formation, you may be required to have steroid injections after your treatment.
Following surgery, the earlobe must remain bandaged for 3 days and cannot be exposed to water during that period. During the first 7 days following surgery, it’s important that your earlobe is not subjected to any form of stress or strain, such as resting in bed on the side of the treated area. Your doctor will assess your treated earlobe 2-3 days after surgery, where a light bandage will be administered.
Stitches are typically removed around eight to ten days following the procedure. The outcome of your surgery will be fully realised around twelve to sixteen weeks after the procedure.
Yes. The treated earlobe will typically take between 3 and 4 months to completely heal, after which you can safely have them pierced again.
If your earlobes have begun to tear from wearing heavy earrings or if you’ve recently torn your earlobe completely, help is at hand. Contact the friendly team at Skin Clinic Robina today, specialists in earlobe repair.