Earlobe Repair is a minor surgical procedure to repair damage done by trauma such as having an earring torn through a hole or damage done over time from wearing heavy jewelry. The procedure is done in office with local anesthetic. The damaged portion of the ear is removed and small sutures are used to bring the skin back together. You should feel no pain and only sensation of tugging during the repair.
How long is the recuperation?
It is recommended that patients avoid physical activity for two weeks. Care should be taken to not engage in activities that could result in strain, tugging or pulling on the ear. The ear should be completely healed before earrings are worn again. This usually occurs in six weeks, but your doctor will tell you when it is safe to have your ears pierced or resume wearing earrings.
You may feel a dull aching or mild throbbing for a day or two after the procedure. Over the counter pain relief medication can help lessen any discomfort. You will have a pressure dressing over the ear for the first 24 hours. You will be given home wound care instructions that you should follow carefully to avoid the possibility of infection.
It can take up to 3-6 months for the scar to flatten and fade. After this time period, the scar is usually minimal or unnoticeable.