Split earlobe repair



  1. What is split earlobe repair?
  2. What can cause split earlobes?
  3. What is involved in the split earlobe repair process?
  4. Are there any risks involved in the split earlobe process?
  5. Which specialists repairs split earlobes?


Close up side shot of older lady wearing earring in possible partially-split earlobes


What is split earlobe repair?

Split earlobe repair is a minor procedure done to bring together an earlobe that has separated into two or partially split.



What can cause split earlobes?

There are many situations or circumstances that can cause a split earlobe/split earlobes:


  • Acute trauma such as an earring being pulled through the pierced hole by accident.
  • Repeated pulling of clothing on or off over the head while wearing earrings.
  • The regular wear of heavy earrings, which can lengthen the piercing hole and cause it to pull over time, particularly if you have thin earlobes. They can also lead to partially split earlobes where the earrings worn didn't go all the way through the ear.
  • Clip-on earrings that are too tight can cause a split because of restricting blood flow to the earlobe, leading to necrosis (death) of part of the earlobe.
  • Some piercings can be purposefully stretched for large ear tunnels.



What is involved in the split earlobe repair process?

Pre-surgery, it's useful to consider certain things like:

  • Informing your doctor if you have a history of large scars or keloids;
  • Discussing what you want your earlobe to look like after the procedure;
  • Telling your surgeon whether you'd still like to wear earrings afterwards. Some surgical techniques involve leaving a small hole for earrings after the repair. Needing to your ear, or ears, re-pierced depends on how the procedure is performed.



During surgery

Local anaesthesic is injected into or around the area, which has been cleaned with antiseptic, that is to be fixed.


Once the area is numb, a small amount of skin surrounding the split or widened hole is cut out. Then the split area is restiched back together with a special technique called 'W-plasty.' This prevents indentation or notching from occuring as the scar heals.


The material used for the stitches for your split earlobe repair procedure may determine whether you need to return to your doctor for removal. If they are absorbed by the body, they don't need to be removed.



Are there any risks involved in the split earlobe repair process?

There are various complications and risks that can result from split earlobe repair:


  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring. If you have a history of getting large scars, you may be at a higher risk.
  • Indentation, notching or depression of the skin operated on.



Which specialists repairs split earlobes?

Facial plastic surgeons, ear, nose and throat doctors (ENTs) and dermatologists repair split earlobes.

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