A torn earlobe can result from trauma or other injury and surgical earlobe repair may be needed. The most common cause tends to be wearing heavy earrings persistently. Over time, the weight of the earring stretches the piercing hole into a slit, and eventually can pull all the way through the bottom of the earlobe. Earlobe repair will allow the patient to return to wearing earrings.
Earlobe Repair Overview
Earlobe repair involves using fine sutures to meticulously reapproximate the split ends of the earlobe. After repair it takes time for the earlobe to regain enough strength to support earrings again. This typically takes 8 weeks. Once healed, Dr. Chen will repierce the earlobe to allow you to wear earrings again.
During Your Beverly Hills Earlobe Surgery
During your earlobe repair surgery at Dr. Chen’s practice in Beverly Hills he will repair the edges of the split earlobe by first trimming the edges of the split itself, and then repairing them with a special stitching pattern that minimizes the chances of unsightly scarring. Sutures are put in place that may be removed in as little as one week, with earlobes being able to be re-pierced after a few months of healing.
Dr. Henry Chen, MD | Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Chen graduated magna cum laude from Rice University and then obtained dual MD/MBA degrees from Baylor College of Medicine and the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. He completed his residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Colorado, where he also served as chief resident.
Following residency, Dr. Chen was one of only 40 surgeons chosen nationwide yearly to complete a prestigious fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He completed his fellowship at Albany Medical Center and the New England Laser and Cosmetic Surgery Center in Albany, New York under the mentorship of Dr. Edwin F. Williams, III, the current president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and an international leader in the field.