Cosmetic surgery to repair a torn earlobe is a frequent occurrence. Piercing an earlobe puts it at risk to tear. The size, style and weight of an earring can contribute to the stretching of the earlobe opening. Large earrings that dangle are caught on clothing or grasped by a child. The result may be a partially or completely torn earlobe. Repair of a torn earlobe is performed in our office using a special surgical tool called the Ellman radiofrequency knife. This tool allows very sharp cutting without the bleeding. The procedure consists of “freshening” the edges of the split and placement of sutures to complete the repair of the earlobe.
Your Earlobe Repair Consultation
Dr. Meneshian will examine the involved ear or ears and determine what type of repair is best. He is very excited in the recent acquirement of the Ellman radiofrequency knife which enables very sharp cutting without bleeding.
Your Earlobe Repair Procedure
After cleansing the earlobe, local anesthesia is injected into the earlobe. After appropriate anesthesia, the Ellman radiofrequency knife is used to “freshen” the edges of the split and sutures are placed to complete the repair of the earlobe. The jewelry hole is not made at this time.
Your Earlobe Repair Recovery
The sutures are removed 7-10 days after the procedure. A thin layer of antibiotic ointment is the only dressing applied in most cases. A little drainage from the wound will be expected. In 6 weeks, our esthetician, Jessica will re-pierce your ear.
Have Questions on Torn & Stretched Earlobe Repair?
Visit our Earlobe Repair FAQ page to view Dr. Alex’s commonly asked questions regarding the procedure.
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