Torn Earlobe

What is a torn earlobe?

Excessive weight or trauma can easily overcome the strength of the earlobe tissues leading to a tear in the gentle earlobe tissues. This split may be unattractive and renders the earlobe unusable for most jewelry. Sometimes, clip-on earrings can still be fitted and are used to camouflage the earlobe tear.

Can a torn or split earlobe be repaired?

Most torn earlobes can be effectively and safely corrected using delicate surgical repair techniques. The procedure is routinely performed in the office under local anesthesia. After planning and marking, a small amount of lidocaine numbing solution is deposited. The procedure itself is performed without any discomfort. In order to rebuild the earlobe, the healed and scarred aspects of the tear require removal. Repair is then performed in a straight line or in a zigzag. The most appropriate technique will be discussed with the patient and depend on the specific location of injury and anatomy of the earlobe. Fine suture threads are used, support the repair and minimize scaring. Small amounts of antibiotic ointment are applied at home for a few days ensuring cleanliness. The healed earlobe has usually a barely visible pencil-fine scar line without aesthetic limitations.

How do you repair a torn or split earlobe?

  • Earlobe repair is a relatively simple procedure. To allow the lobe of the ear to heal back together, the surgeon cuts away the healed skin on the inside of the torn earlobe.
  • The fresh edges are sutured back together

Call the office of Dr. Walter D. Gracia M.D., P.A. at (817) 336-9450 to schedule your consultation…

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