Earlobes are the soft fleshy part of the ear that is hanging from the lower margin of it. Some earlobes are curved up between the lowest point of the earlobe and the point where the ear joins the head. In such cases, the earlobes are known as “free” or “unattached” whereas the other types are known as “attached” or “adherent” which blend in with the side of the head.
Given its soft fleshy texture, earlobes can be quite fragile at times and risk getting injured for simple reasons such as earring tear or trauma. Often these days, it is uncommon for a person to have multiple or huge piercing on their earlobes, intentionally stretching it by a method called gauging.
How to repair earlobe stretch?
Earlobes are made up of skin and fat without any bones or cartilage. Hence making the earlobes more prone to tearing. Earlobe repair is different from otoplasty (ear pinning). The objective of earlobe repair is to repair the torn earlobes.
About the procedure:
Earlobe repair surgery is done as an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia. The skin lining of the tear or piercing tract will be cut and excess tissue will be removed if necessary. The lobes are then sutured back together and from this, the earlobes will usually be smaller than the original.
Earlobe repair should only be done after the split earlobe wound fully heals or after a partial split. The procedure will take about an hour to complete, depending on the complexity of the situation.
Can the earlobe be pierced again after the repair?
Re-piercing of the earlobes is possible after the procedure is done although, it should nit be done immediately after. Re-piercing should only be done after the earlobes has been fully healed, which is about a month to two.
Some discomfort is expected after the procedure is done and medication will be provided to ease the situation. Stitches will be removed after the swelling has gone down, which is approximately one week later.
When the ears are ready to be re-pierced, is it advised to choose lightweight earrings or ear stud and try to refrain from wearing loopy earrings.