Is Earlobe Repair A Real Thing?

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If you’ve developed a split earlobe that prevents you from wearing your favorite earrings, we can help. Check out our most commonly asked earlobe tear questions and answers below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does earlobe repair take to heal?

Sutures are typically removed around 2 weeks following earlobe repair. The earlobe can be re-pierced once the area has fully healed, which we recommend waiting at least 3 months.

Will a spilt earlobe heal by itself?

Most split earlobes will not repair themselves. Once the earlobe tears, the damaged lobe will form unappealing scar tissue around itself. This will further exacerbate the damage and the split will continue unless it is successfully repaired.

What should I expect after earlobe surgery?

Post-surgery, it is advised that you don’t sleep on your ears or place any pressure on the repaired area. This regimen most be followed until the sutures are removed after about one week following your earlobe repair. You can resume other normal activity as soon as after your earlobe is repaired.

Does earlobe repair surgery hurt?

Earlobe repair is considered a minor surgery, therefore there is very little discomfort or downtime after. You can temper any associated earlobe repair pain with the use of an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Can you fix a stretched earring hole?

Gauged holes, regardless of size, can be repaired. While a standard earlobe tear repair takes about 10 minutes per ear, gauged earlobes require approximately 20 minutes each.