Fix Torn Earlobes with Split Earlobe Repair in Connecticut By Shareef Jandali M.D. on March 30, 2023

Split and torn earlobes are a common cosmetic problem that can occur due to a variety of reasons, including wearing heavy earrings or accidentally pulling on an earring. While split earlobes may not be a serious medical condition, they can cause aesthetic concerns and affect self-confidence. Split earlobes can be repaired through a simple surgical procedure known as split earlobe repair.

In this blog post, we will discuss split earlobe repair in detail, including the causes of split earlobes, the procedure for repairing them and what to expect during the recovery period.

Before & After Split Earlobe Repair


Causes of Split Earlobes

Split ealobes are usually caused by trauma to the earlobe. This can happen due to wearing heavy earrings or accidentally pulling on an earring. Over time, the constant pressure on the earlobe can cause it to stretch and eventually tear.

Another common cause of split earlobes is gauging, a trend in which people stretch their earlobes to insert larger and extra large plugs. Over time, this stretching can cause the earlobe to become thin and weak, increasing the risk of a split.

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Procedure for Split Earlobe Repair

Split earlobe repair is a simple outpatient procedure that is performed under local anesthesia. The procedure typically takes between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the extent of the damage.

During the procedure, Dr. Jandali or our Physician Assistants will make an incision on either side of the split earlobe and remove any scar tissue. The edges of the split are then sutured back together, and the incision is closed with stitches.

The sutures used in the procedure are not dissolvable, so we need to remove the stitches after a week or two, depending on how the ear is healing.

Recovery from Split Earlobe Repair

After the procedure, the patient my experience some swelling and discomfort around the earlobe. Pain medication can be used to manage any discomfort.

Patients are advised to avoid any strenuous physicla activity for at least a week after the procedure to ensure proper healing. It is also recommended that patients do not wear earrings for 2 months after the procedure.

The earlobe will heal within a few weeks. The scar may be visible at first, but it will fade over time and become less noticeable.

It is important to note that split earlobe repair is safe and effective procedure, but as with any surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications. These can include infection, bleeding, scarring and changes in sensation around the earlobe.

To minimize these risks, it is important to choose a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon and or physician assistant to perform the procedure. The provider should also carefully assess the extent of the damage to determine the best approach for repairing the split earlobe.

In addition, patients should follow all post-operative instructions provided by our office to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications. This may include avoiding certain activities, keeping the earlobe clean and dry, and taking any prescribed medications as directed.

Before & After Split Earlobe Repair


It is also important to note that split earlobe repair is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. Financing options are avaiable with our office if necessary.

Finally, patients should also consider preventative measures to avoid future earlobe damage. This includes avoiding heavy earrings or limiting the weight of earrings worn, avoiding gauging or stretching of the earlobe and being mindful when putting on or removing earrings.

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Split earlobe repair is a safe and effective procedure that can restore the appearance of split earlobes caused by trauma or stretching. Patients should consult with us to determine the best approach for repairing their earlobes and follow proper postoperative care to ensure optimal healing and minimize the risk of complications. With proper care and attention, patients can achieve a more aesthetically pleasing earlobe and enhance their confidence!

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If you have split earlobes, we can help. Call our practice today for more information and or to set up a consultation: 203-374-0310.

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