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Many people suffer from torn earlobes because of years of wearing heavy earrings, a child pulling on their earring or simply catching earrings on something. Irrespective of whether the earlobe is torn partially or totally, it can be corrected.
The surgery is relatively straightforward and is conducted under local anaesthetic. The old ear hole is completely cut out to create 2 raw surfaces that can be stitched together in 3 layers. The scar may be a straight line or a zig-zag line to reduce the risk of notching of the ear lobe edge.
The stitches are dissolvable in the back of the ear and non-dissolvable in the front. The whole procedure takes approximately 20 mins for each side.
You will have minimal pain for a day or 2. Paracetamol can be taken if necessary. Follow the following post operative instructions to avoid excessive bruising or swelling. You can return to normal activities the next day, avoiding anything strenuous for 2 weeks. The scar will remain red for a few months but generally settles vey well. The ear can be re-pierced 3 months after surgery.
Bruising, swelling, temporary numbness,
Infection, bad scarring, asymmetry, bleeding
1 week (stitches removed), 3 months (after surgery)
2 weeks post-op - jogging, 4 weeks post-op - everything
2 weeks until final result scars continue to improve over 18 months. Ears can be re-pierced at 3 months
Unilateral (1 ear) Split Earlobe Repair
Bilateral (Both ears) Split Earlobe Repair
If you are a prospective patient, please download the informed consent form below. This includes information about the treatment, potential risks and contraindications.