A small treatment that gives you the freedom to wear earrings again
Ear lobes can be repaired! We often have requests for reconstructing earlobes that are deformed, torn or disfigured. Most often this occurs as a result of earrings, either from progressively stretching the hole over time, from an earring being pulled through or from tunnels (those large earrings with the hole in the middle). We also have patients who present with keloid scarring where they have reacted to the piercing.
When a piercing has been inserted into the earlobe the skin heals over a few weeks around the earring to form the permanent piercing hole. This is how the earing hole stays intact.
The repair procedure depends on the deformity, but generally speaking the old earring hole and deformity needs to be surgically excised and the ear lobe repaired There will be stitches front and back of the ear lobe. If there is a keloid scar (thickening of the scar tissue) this will need to be excised as well.
This is a minor surgical procedure that is done in our procedure rooms under local anaesthesia. It takes 1-2 hours depending on the complexity of the deformity. You will have sutures in place for 1-2 weeks and will need to keep the ear clean and dry until the skin has healed. It is not usually a painful procedure, and paracetamol is usually adequate for analgesia.
The wound will normally heal uneventfully within one to two weeks when sutures are removed.
If you wish to have the hole reshaped and continue wearing earrings we can reposition and insert an earring at the same time as repairing the deformity. You will need to wear pure sleeper style earrings for 4-6 weeks just as you would do when the piercing was first inserted. You will need to exercise caution with the wound and not apply any heavy jewellery to the area for at least three months to minimise the risk of stretching the hole before it is capable of tolerating the weight. You are able to change to light earrings (sleepers or studs) once the wound has healed sufficiently (four to six weeks).
If you wish to have the earring removed altogether this can certainly be done.
Most concerns have more than one course of treatment. Feel free to contact us so one of our team can discuss options for your unique concern.