An earlobe repair is a procedure to correct a split earlobe from wearing of earrings or splits following trauma or pulling of earrings. A repair can also be performed after overstretching of the earlobe from piercings. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic by our plastic surgeons in our purpose-built clinic in Birmingham.
A split earlobe occurs after prolonged wearing of heavy earrings that can stretch the piercing hole or if an earring is pulled causing tearing of the hole. Once the earlobe splits the skin heals preventing the skin edges joining together again.
The trend in big piercings has resulted in overstretching of earlobes. Once the piercings are removed there remains a wide hole and stretched skin that needs formal surgical reconstruction to correct it. Our plastic surgeons will use specialist techniques to reconstruct the earlobe.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The risks include: scarring (may include keloid or hypertrophic scarring); infection; bleeding; wound breakdown; recurrence of tearing of earlobe. The scars are permanent and initially red but will fade with time.
We would recommend waiting for full recovery of the repair before piercing and wearing earrings again. This would normally be a minimum of 3 months after your procedure.
To book your appointment with one of our consultant plastic surgeons please call 0800 772 3501 or use our online booking system.