Why Do Earlobes Stretch or Split?
Many women in Connecticut have torn or split earlobes. They are usually completely torn, either from an earring getting hooked onto something or getting pulled on by a child. They can also be completely torn just by long time use of heavy earrings. In partially torn or stretched out piercing holes, the hole does not hold the earring properly and it makes it almost impossible to wear stud earrings. If the piercing has completely torn or worn through, earrings can't be worn at all.
How are Split Earlobes Fixed?
Stretched or torn earlobes can be easily repaired at our Connecticut plastic surgery practice as a minor office procedure. The repair freshens up the edges and then the two sides are sutured back together. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and there is minimal pain and recovery. The stitches stay in for about 2 weeks and then the ears can be re-pierced 3 months after repair.
Are Split Earlobe Repairs Covered by Insurance?
Split earlobes are only covered by insurance if the repair is performed immediately after an earring is traumatically pulled out of the ear. This is usually performed in the emergency room, although it can sometimes be performed in the office. If it is more than 12 hours after the injury, it is better to allow it to heal as is and then fix the earlobe a few weeks later. However, it will no longer be covered by insurance at this point.
Gauge Earlobe Repair
Gauge earlobes are often severely stretched and can be very noticeable. Gauge earlobes can be reduced in size and sutured back together to give a normal shape and size to the earlobe. There will be a visible scar, but this will fade with time.
Schedule an Appointment
Patients in Connecticut who want their split or torn earlobes repaired can have this performed at the same office visit as the consultation. To have Dr. Shareef Jandali repair your split earlobe, schedule an appointment today. Call 203-374-0310 to set up a consultation and schedule the procedure. We look forward to seeing you!