Deepbody.ca

Torn Earlobes, Will You Wear Earrings Again?

 Top Stories
Torn Earlobes, Will You Wear Earrings Again?
August 21
13:51 2016

Article Highlights

  • Repair of stretched or damaged earlobes is a common plastic surgery procedure
  • Large holes or torn earlobes usually require a surgical procedure
  • The earlobe can be repierced six months later

Holding a child in your hands can be a blessing– as long as you keep them away from your earrings. It takes just a split second, and your youngest one grabs that glittery hoop, tearing your earlobe through the bottom.

While children account for a large number of torn earlobes, stretched earlobes are mainly caused by wearing heavy earrings over many years.

“If the tear is complete, then patients are obviously bothered by the abnormal appearance of their earlobe,” said Toronto plastic surgeon, Dr. Mitchell Brown. “Otherwise, when earring holes have stretched, the earring does not sit properly against the earlobe, often tipping forward. It is also possible to lose stud earrings if the hole becomes too large.”

Torn Earlobes, Will You Wear Earrings Again?

Torn Earlobes, Will You Wear Earrings Again?

According to Dr. Brown, repair of stretched or damaged earlobes is a common plastic surgery procedure. For a slightly stretched earlobe, Dr. Brown recommends fillers, which will plump up the earlobe, making the hole smaller and less visible. Though no surgery is required, this is only a temporary solution that will require the injections to be repeated a couple times a year.

Large holes or torn earlobes usually require a surgical procedure. Performed under local freezing, a hole is completely removed or a torn spot cut and closed with stitches for a period of one week. There will be no hole left for the earring.

According to Dr. Brown, the earlobe can be repierced six months later, and a new piercing shouldn’t be directly on the scar because of the possibility of recurrence.

“Surgical repair of a torn earlobe is generally a simple procedure,” Dr. Brown said. “As with any procedure, risks of infection and bleeding are possible, but rare. There will be a small scar where the tear existed, although once it has healed, the scar is generally very difficult to see.”

Torn and stretched earlobes are easy to prevent, said Dr. Brown. He recommends wearing reasonably sized and weighted earrings, and keeping your ears out of reach of babies and pets.

About Author

Staff Journalist

Staff Journalist

Related Articles

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

There are no comments at the moment, do you want to add one?

Write a comment

Write a Comment

Social Media

Sponsored Ad

Facebook Page

@deepbodymag

deepbody logo