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All types of procedures performed to correct or reconstruct ear deformities including congenital defects, underdeveloped or oversized ears, and lop ears etc, using both non-surgical and surgical approaches are commonly known as Otoplasty or ear repair. Otoplasty also helps to manage and treat acquired ear deformities such as split earlobes and cauliflower ears caused due to accident or trauma.

A torn or split earlobe is usually one of the most common aesthetic deformities of the ear which can cause due to an improper earlobe piercing, wearing of heavy earrings, or trauma to the ear lobe. This split ear lobe problem can cause distress to many people who wish to restore symmetry and shape of their earlobes and also continue to wear traditional earrings.

Qualities of a good candidate to undergo Split Ear Lobe Repair:

The procedure is specifically recommended for the repair of split earlobe caused due to;

  • Accidental tears and Trauma due to earrings being tugged or pulled inadvertently
  • Deformities caused due to repeated use of heavy earrings.
  • Widening of ear piercings due to ear gauging, or the deliberate enlargement of ear piercings with ear tunnels or flesh.

It is always crucial to consult a qualified specialist who can meticulously perform Split Ear Lobe repair to gain the overall best results without any potential complication.

Also, a few specialist surgeons perform a double flap technique for split earlobe repair to avoid a straight-line scar that is prone to contracture and also allows the earring hole to be restructured in the original position and therefore without re-piercing, earrings can be worn again.

Procedure of split earlobe repair
This technique is typically performed under local anesthetic as an outpatient procedure. However, in children, this procedure has to be performed under general anesthesia. It takes hardly more than one hour to complete the procedure.

  • Once the standard prepping is over, the earlobe is draped.
  • A small portion of skin tissue around the split earlobe excised, to freshening up make wound edges.
  • Both ends of split ear lobes are then re-approximated and their anterior and posterior sides are sutured back together.
  • The type of earlobe repair is determined with the help of degree of the earlobe tear.
  • Sometimes, bigger defects may require the redesigning of flaps.
  • The wound dressing is performed using the small size, absorbable, and well-camouflaged sutures.

Once the procedure is over, the patient is allowed to go home. Initially, it is important for a patient not to put excessive pressure on the ear. The patient may be instructed to follow all wound care techniques properly including the application of antibiotic ointment for the prevention of infection and using silicone sheets to avoid the formation of keloid or hypertrophic scar. Sutures are usually removed on the weekly follow-up visit. A patient should avoid earrings for approximately 2-3 months for a proper wound healing. Also, initially a patient should wear small earrings or studs to prevent the recurrence.

If you are also suffering from Split Ear Lobe and looking for an expert advice then schedule a complimentary consultation with our specialists at Mediclinic, through a phone call or email.