What to do with a Split Earlobe?
In my practice, I encounter a couple of split earlobe or partially torn earlobe patients each month. This is caused by the weight of their earrings or local trauma related to the use of earrings. This condition is easily treated with an in office procedure under local anesthesia. This procedure may be covered under insurance, however my cosmetic fee schedule for this treatment is very reasonable. The treatment approach depends on the deformity. I start with numbing the area with local anesthesia. Then, I will remove some of the skin of the earlobe, so that I can reconstruct it. I use fine sutures that will be removed in 1 to 2 weeks. In most cases, the earlobe can be re-pierced in a place that will be protected from re-injury. This is a very successful procedure that is well tolerated.