Torn or stretched ear piercings are a common complaint from men and women. They can occur due to trauma, after repeated wearing of heavy earrings, or wearing ear stretchers. The degree of trauma can be variable. The piercing may have become stretched out of shape and is now unsightly or the earlobes may be completely torn thru. Repairing an earlobe is a relatively simple and effective procedure performed by Dr. London in his medical spa treatment room.
How is the earlobe repaired?
Repair of the split is performed painlessly in the office under local anesthesia. The torn skin edges are excised and the fresh edges are stitched together with sutures that need to remain in place for about a week. No dressing is needed other than an antibiotic ointment.
When can ears be re-pierced?
Ears can be re-pierced at the same site a minimum of 6 weeks after the repair or in another location on the lobe the same day as the surgery. The final result is usually a thin, neat, linear scar which generally fades away with time.
How long does the procedure take to perform?
This well tolerated, painless procedure takes about 30 minutes per ear
Dr. London is a board certified emergency physician with over 30 years of surgical experience. He can easily perform minor surgeries including the removal of cosmetically unpleasing skin blemishes and suspicious growths. He generally will send the removed growths to a lab for pathological analysis to rule out cancer. With his many years of surgical trauma experience he is also very comfortable treating acute traumatic injuries requiring stitches
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