Split earlobes is a problem largely caused by wearing heavy earrings. Over time, these can cause the hole to stretch and then split. It can also occur when earrings are caught on clothing or if a child pulls on the earring. Occasionally it can be caused by a trauma. Whatever the reason, split earlobe repair can fix the problem and prevent further damage and infection.
Understanding split earlobe repair
Split earlobe repair is generally carried out under local anaesthetic. It’s a very straightforward procedure, though it does require a high level of skill and care. Part of the surrounding skin around the split will usually be removed, before it is stitched back together. This can be done with various sutures. Depending upon the type used, you may need to return to have the sutures removed.
It is worth noting that the scar left from the suturing can cause a slight notch in the lobe. You will also need to avoid wearing earrings in the same area, though you will be able to get a different part of the ear pierced after six months. It may be possible to save the existing hole if you want to wear earrings in the same position for symmetry reasons. This will need to be discussed with Mr Paul Tulley in advance of the procedure.
The procedure takes around an hour in total and there may be some discomfort afterwards, though most patients find they don’t require painkillers when the local anaesthetic wears off. Dressings can be removed after a couple of hours and you’ll be required to clean the wound with clean cotton buds and saline twice each day. It’s also recommended you avoid contact with water for three to four days after the procedure, so you may want to switch to dry shampoo during this time.
The scar left behind will appear red for up to a month after the procedure but should eventually fade within a year.