Are your earlobes stretched or torn from wearing gauges or heavy earrings? Have you sustained an injury that caused your earlobe to rip?
If this is you, then you are likely wondering if it’s possible to repair the damage. Fortunately, a minimally-invasive or injectable procedure is all that’s needed to restore your earlobe shape and position.
Continue reading to learn how our team of seasoned providers can fix ripped earlobes.
How to Fix Ripped Earlobes?
The procedure to fix ripped earlobes is fairly simple and quick. It can be performed in an office-setting with local anesthesia and typically takes about 15-20 minutes.
To start, a wedge, V, L, or Z-shaped incision is made in the earlobe to cut skin lining the hole. If the enlargement or rip is due to wearing small gauges, your provider can use a punch tool to create a hole that is slightly larger than the piercing.
Following either of these approaches, skin is stitched together with sutures.
In cases of mild to moderate enlargement of a pierced hole, a filler, such as Juvederm or Restylane, can be injected to the tissue around the opening. This technique adds volume to prevent the earlobe from ripping and also offers padding for more substantial earrings.
What Can Patients Expect After the Procedure?
Post-treatment, patients are instructed to clean the wound daily and cover it with a bandage. Additionally, petroleum jelly should be applied for approximately a week to keep the area moist and promote proper healing.
Stitches will be removed after five-to-seven days.
When Can Ears be Re-Pierced?
After undergoing a procedure to fix ripped earlobes, patients must wait several weeks before getting their ears pierced again.
Make sure that you have clearance from your doctor and advise the pierce of your recent repair.
Learn More About How to Fix Ripped Earlobes
If you want to fix ripped earlobes and are wondering which treatment option is right for you, please call our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our highly skilled and experienced providers.