The human body has the amazing ability to heal itself from many types of injuries. A common injury is a split earlobe. So you may wonder: Will this heal on its own, or do I need to seek medical attention?

The good news is that (unless you have a condition that limits your ability to heal), the wound itself on both sides of the split should close on its own. You just need to prevent infection using an antibiotic ointment. However, the two parts of the earlobe that have been separated will not fuse back together under normal circumstances.

Therefore, if you want your earlobe to look completely normal again, you will require a minor cosmetic procedure.

What Is Involved in Earlobe Repair?

Earlobe repair is a pretty straightforward cosmetic procedure. The surgeon uses an Ellman Radiofrequency knife to freshen up the edges of the lobes where the split occurred. This type of knife allows for precision cuts without blood loss. The smooth edges can now be sutured together, allowing the body to heal the earlobe back into a natural shape.

How Long Does the Recovery Take?

The sutures will be removed seven to ten days after the procedure is performed. In the meantime, there may be some drainage, and you could be required to apply some antibiotic ointment. Once the sutures are removed, some more time should pass to allow the body to continue working on the inside. This is why we do not recommend re-piercing the earlobe until about six weeks after the surgery.

Be sure to have a professional esthetician perform the piercing. Sometimes, when a split earlobe is caused by an earring being pulled or long-term wear and tear from heavy earrings, the initial problem was that the piercing location was too close to the edge of the earlobe. A professional esthetician will locate your new piercing properly to minimize the potential for a repeat injury.

Of course, you will also want to take certain precautions such as:

  • Removing earrings before holding a baby or small child

  • Removing earrings before pulling a shirt over your head

  • Avoid wearing particularly heavy earrings that stretch the lobe

Split Earlobe Repair on Long Island

NY Face Place in Mineola is a one-stop shop for earlobe repair. A talented surgeon, high-tech equipment, and professional esthetician combine to make the experience as simple as possible. From the repair to the re-piercing, you only have to remember one name – NY Face Place. Call 516.294.9454 to schedule a consultation.