Split Ear Lobe Repair

Split ear lobes often result when the earlobe has torn through accidental tearing whilst wearing earrings or through overstretching through heavy earrings.

Stretched earlobes are a result of a tribal piercing also more commonly known as flesh tunnels.

At A Glance

Treatment time

10 - 20 minutes

Hospital stay

Clinic visit only

Excercise

Next day

Washing

Immediately

Back to work

Immediately

Anaesthetic

Topical or none

Full Recovery

Immediately

Driving

Next day

Frequenty Asked Questions

What is a split earlobe repair?

This procedure where the earlobe has torn entirely through accidental tearing whilst wearing earrings or through overstretching. Stretched earlobes are a result of a tribal piercing also more commonly known as flesh tunnels.

Earlobe repair surgery for both split and stretched earlobes is a minor procedure.  Excess tissue is removed, and the two splits are carefully stitched back together using very fine dissolvable stitches.

 

How is the procedure performed?

Earlobe repair surgery for both split and stretched earlobes is a minor procedure, where the excess tissue is removed, and the two splits are carefully stitched back together using very fine dissolvable stitches.

The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and takes between 20 – 30 minutes per ear, (for stretched ears it may be longer depending on the size of the hole to be repaired). 

Usually, a topical ointment is applied to the wound at the end of the procedure.  You will be given a tube of the topical ointment to use for the next few days to work effectively like a dressing.

Are there any restrictions after surgery?

You will be able to go home on the same day. Most cases you will be able to return to work the next day after surgery.

When will I been seen for followup?

Follow up is only required if stitches need to be removed usually at 12-14 days following your procedure

If face-to-face follow-up is not required then we may arrange for either a telephone call or video consultation.

When can I get my ear re-pierced

Ears can be re-pierced after 3 months and should avoid the scar.  This can be arranged by Mr Sawyer, if you wish.

What are the risks?

The ear will need 4 – 6 months to heal, and there may be a small scar on your ear, that will fade over time.  Occasionally patients may experience minor skin infection, delayed healing of wounds or a small notch from the repair.

I cant thank him and his secretary Claire, for everything that they have done to make to whole process as least stressful for me. Any questions or concerns that I have had prior and after surgery were always responded to very promptly and efficiently. I would recommend Mr Sawyer and his team to anyone who is looking for surgery, you will not be disappointed!

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