Earring complications - Can torn earlobes be repaired?
Ear piercing is one of the oldest forms of body modifications. Today, both women and men attach jewelry to their ears, most commonly to the earlobe. Unfortunately, this practice can frequently cause complications. Earlobe tears and keloids are issues we see most commonly.
Keloids are caused by scar tissue accumulation. This frequently occurs along the top curvature of the cartilage but can also be on the earlobe. Removal of the scar tissue can be done under local anesthesia to restore the natural contour at the edge of the ear whether the keloid is on the cartilage or earlobe. The main risk is that the keloid can grow back.
The earlobe is made of skin and fat and is sensitive to heavy earrings or traumatic pulling. This can elongate an ear piercing hole or tear through the edge of the earlobe causing the lobe to split. Repairs are done under local anesthesia in our procedure suite. Various techniques are used depending on the type of tear and fine sutures are placed for a week until the skin heals. Re-piercing is avoided for at least 8 weeks. The scar heals well in this area and again, the goal is to recreate a smooth contour at the edge of the repair.
If you are experiencing complications from an ear piercing and want to see if one of these repairs are right for you.