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A split earlobe is the stretching or complete split of an earlobe, often stemming from earring-related issues. Whether done intentionally or by accident, the piercing hole is often enlarged and stretched out. When the piercing hole extends downwards due to heavy earrings, it can result in a complete split of the earlobe.
Causes include but are not limited to:
TMSC’s board certified surgeons use local anesthesia to numb the affected area and treat split earlobes through surgical removal of the skin in the area. This produces a surface that heals the earlobe together in a clean manner, leading to a closing of the split. In doing so, the piercing hole is completely closed.
A common misconception is that split earlobes are merely stitched back together, but the reality is that stitching is not enough. About 10 to 14 days following the procedure, any stitches that were made are removed. The healing time is about six to eight weeks, after which a new piercing can be made near the closed split if the patient wishes to do so.
You may see some scar tissue at the site where the earlobe closed and healed. Scarring is minimal as we understand and respect our patients’ desire to have their scars be as small as possible, and therefore take great care to ensure that your results are optimal. We also use scar management gels after surgery.
Our surgeons are highly trained and experienced professionals who care deeply about their patients. Rest assured all of our procedures are carried out with the utmost care, precision, regard for aesthetics, and in a safe environment.