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Split earlobe surgery is used to repair a split or elongated ear lobe. We explain how it works and what to expect after surgery.
Often, in cases where the use of heavy earrings has contributed to split or elongated ear lobes these individuals may have had a weak ear lobe prior to their use.
Common causes of trauma to the ear lobe include snagging earrings on others clothing as well as trauma through contact sports such as rugby or combat sports.
The procedure is primarily carried out to improve the cosmetic appearance of the area but on occasion it may be done for practical reasons where the hole is at risk of being continually snagged.
Normally, a split ear lobe repair procedure is completed in approximately twenty to thirty minutes. You will be able to go home later on the same day as your surgery.
There will be a small scar present which will gradually remodel over a period of weeks or months.
Normally, your specialist will recommend that you wait for six months after your repair surgery before considering re-piercing the earlobe and if this is performed it is recommended that the lobe is pierced in normal tissue rather than through the scar which is weaker and re-tear or elongate again.