The use of heavy earrings over a period of time can cause an earlobe to tear, and this tear, if not treated properly, can cause ear infections and even loss of hearing. Piercing an earlobe can put it to risk of tearing, stretching, and scarring which can be unsightly. When wearing long earrings you are at risk of them getting caught in something, or a child pulling on them, causing a tear. Whatever the reason behind earlobe damage, the remedy is the scalpel of a plastic surgeon for earlobe repair.
Earlobe Repair Surgery
If you have a split earlobe, you can go to a cosmetic surgeon to get it fixed, it is a simple procedure. Split earlobe repair surgery is performed using local anesthesia and can last up to 1 – 2 hours, depending upon the nature of the wound. The wound is then securely sutured and a dressing is put on it to keep it in place.
Post Operative CareEarlobe Repair
A patient will feel numbness in the operated area for about an hour or two, and if need be the doctor will prescribe pain medication. Sometimes the doctor will also give an antibiotic ointment which has to be gently applied on the operated area. There are no dietary restrictions after ‘otoplasty’, but it is recommended that you increase Vitamin C intake. It is important to keep the dressing on the ear dry, and if you still feel the need to shampoo your hair, make sure you cover the dressing. Age, heavy jewellery and earlobe stretching can make earlobes droopy, stretched or even torn, causing you to hide behind long hair. A simple repair can restore the look of your earlobes, allowing you to show your ears and wear earrings again.