Most women (and many men) love all types jewelry, rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earings. While they can all be beautiful, only one can cause an injury to the surrounding skin–the earing. Earrings have been described in text as old as the Bible and Torah. As earrings have continued to grow in size, they can be very heavy and even stretch out the earing hole. Overtime, they can cause the earlobe to tear, split, or stretch preventing the person from being able to wear earrings. Women who wear large hoop earrings are also at a greater risk for earlobe splitting, tearing, or trauma. While tearing your earlobe can be upsetting, it can be easily repaired in a quick office procedure.
How is a Torn Earlobe Repaired?
While repairing a torn earlobe in Charlotte is a simple procedure, I still use advanced techniques to ensure the best chance of successful outcomes. In earlobes that are not completely torn, I look to see how much of the earlobe is torn. If less than 60% of the earlobe is split, then the skin around the hole is removed, and the hole is sutured closed. If more than 60% of the earlobe is torn, then the earlobe tear must be completed during the repair. After completing the tear during the procedure, I create a small flap in the ear. That flap is used to ensure that the ear heals in a manner to keep the gentle sloping contour of the earlobe. While this technique increases the complexity and time of the procedure, I believe it creates a better result. After the flap is made, the ear is stitch closed.
Where is a Split Earlobe in Charlotte Repaired?
A split earlobe in Charlotte is repaired as in-office procedure. The ear is numbed with a small injection of medicine. The repair is then done in the office and takes between 20 and 60 minutes to complete. After your procedure, you’re free to return home and to your normal daily activities during earlobe repair recovery.
What is the Recovery Time After Repairing Stretched Earlobes?
The stitches will be removed 1 week after the procedure. During that week, the incisions are kept moist with antibiotic ointment. The patient can shower 48 hrs after the procedure. I will recommend placing Biocorneum scar cream on the incisions starting 2 weeks after the procedure for a full earlobe tear repair. The ears can be re-pierced 4 months after repair.
Schedule Your Earlobe Repair Today
If you’re suffering from a torn earlobe in Charlotte and have questions relating to your procedure or would like more information about what to expect, I encourage you to contact my office in Charlotte today so that you may schedule your initial consultation. During this time, I’ll be able to better assess the damage done to your ear and come up with an ideal treatment plan for you. Because I am a board certified head and neck surgeon, I have a keen understanding of both facial and ear aesthetics as well as their function, meaning I can provide my patients with the best results possible. To schedule your consultation today, please contact Carolina Facial Plastics by calling (704) 842-3644.
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