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Can Torn Earlobes Be Repaired?


Torn earlobes are a common problem with pierced earlobes. Torn earlobes can easily be repaired. Some physicians will do the repair in their office, others in an outpatient surgery center.

Before discussing how torn earlobes are repaired, lets look at some was to prevent the tear from occurring.

  • Avoid wearing heavy ear rings.
  • Being careful when putting on or removing clothing so as not to "catch" the earring.
  • Being careful around babies/toddlers who want to play with shiny/dangling objects can help prevent the lobe from being torn.
  • Use an "earlobe support" such as Pierce Mate, a stick-on disc that help support the earlobe when heavy earrings are worn.

Once the stretching occurs or the tear is completed, then the only way to fix it is to repair it. The earlobe repair is a simple procedure done using a local block to numb the earlobe.

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There are variations on "how" to repair a torn earlobe, but all require excising (freshing) the edges so they can be sewn back together. The variations are mainly in how the excision is structured–straight, z-plastied, or L-shaped.

A drawback of the straight excision can be the scar may "shorten" over time which may then "gather up" the lobe resulting in a "W" shape at the bottom of the earlobe.

The Z-plasy or L-shaped scar avoid the "W" by changing the scar into a non-straight scar. Which one is best will depend on the tear and shape of the earlobe being repaired.

Re-piercing should not be done for 6 months to allow the scar to reach its greatest strength. The scar will only be 80% as strong as the skin on either side. For this reason it is best to place the new hole to the side of the scar and not in-line with it.

Most insurances will not cover this procedure as they consider it cosmetic in nature.



You can and without fear of hurting your earlobes, wear any size, weight and style of earring with the help of the product mentioned above called Pierce-Mate. It’s a patented, hypo allergenic, earlobe support patch, worn inconspicuously behind the ear to support the weight of these over sized earrings. Pierce-Mate will enable you to once again wear any earring without having costly, non-insured surgery, even if your earlobe is torn or split. Many Pierce-Mate users are fashionista casualties from the days of wearing the big, bold earring look of the 80’s that is now being worn again today. If your earlobes are not damaged, Pierce-Mate should also be worn to help protect your earlobes from damage when over sized or dangle, wire style earrings are being worn. Pierce-Mates will also help eliminate that elongated, dragged down look when any earring is worn, while also maintaining a more youthful, natural earlobe shape. You can find them at EarringDoctor.com
But does pierce mate help them heal
The info wans quite encouraging. But didn't give me any idea of where I could possible have my earlobe repaired,
Actually, there is a product called the Earring-Aid which really works to keep your pierced hole from becoming enlarged and you can wear any weight of earring you wish safely,! The hypoallegenic transparent strip wraps around your earlobe to support the wearing of heavier-type earrings and acts as a preventative to having the plastic surgery redone.
My 4 year old just slit her earlobe 2 different doctor s refused to stitch it up say have to wait weeks I just had an operation and the glued my small wounds from the surgery dose any one know of a surgical glue that would work to keep the ear lob closed .
A tear in the earlobe may be temporarily repaired by using a wraparound-the-ear, hypoallergenic strip of clear tape called the Earring-aid,,,It fits comfortably around the earlobe and is utilized by a lot of heavy Earring-wearers, to help PREVENT the tearing!....but the tape is so strong, that it actually can hold a tear together while simultaneously wearing an earring --until the earlobe can be stitched. Actually, even after a repair, it would behoove the patient to wear an Earring-aid, so it won't happen again!
I just had my left ear lobe repaired from a bad tear all the way through. My son when he was a baby grabbed hold of my hoop earring and pulled hard and ripped it right off. He is 16 now. Through the years it became number 4,657 on the list of the things I needed to do and it became a very low priority and was put aside. Being that nobody seemed to notice it made it even lower. Well, I guess I didn't realize that people did notice it but didn't tell me to spare my feelings, until one person did. So, I finally had the procedure done two days ago. I still have the stitches and will need to visit the doctor again for a follow up and to remove them. Aside from wanting to scratch it because of the prickly itching, it isn't so bad. Right now I was instructed to apply antibiotic ointment onto it but I also put a gauze pad over it along with a wide headband to keep it in place. The headband helps keep the hands away from the subconscious urge to scratch at it, especially during the night while sleeping.
Was it expensive?! Where did you go?
Where do I get a torn earlobe repaired so I can wear pierced earrings again
Where do I can torn earlobe piercing repai and what is cost
where can I have my earlobe repaired... hopefully Swansea ..and also how much would it cost about?
Dear Gillian: You can temporarily repair a torn earlobe with a product called the Earring-aid....which is a wraparound hypoallergenic clear adhesive strip that supports your earlobe while wearing earrings and/or waiting for the budget to allow you to have a plastic surgeon fix the earlobe.....even after the surgery the clear strips acts as a preventative for the tearing to happen again. Actually, the Earring-aid was invented to prevent the initial tearing of an earlobe....in order that you could wear any weight of earring you wish!
A plastic surgeon can repair a torn earlobe. A general surgeon may also be able to do that without much difficulty. My family doctor repaired mine when it tore - years ago - and I do continue to wear (light) earrings. I hope that helps everyone. You can start by asking your family doctor to look and advise from there.
I should also mention that Dr. Bates who wrote this article is a plastic surgeon.
There is a product called the Earring-aid that is a clear wrap-around reinforcement adhesive strip that prevents additional tearing of a pierced hole. The nearly invisible strip supports your earlobe and makes wearing earrings feel light and carefree. Unsightly "enlarged holes" become no longer visible, and if you use the strip to temporarily repair a torn earlobe before surgery is done....it is still important to use the strip after the surgery is healed, because the clear strips take the load of a heavy earring off of your lobe and distributes the weight of a heavier earring onto the adhesive strip! Then you can wear any type of earrings you wish!
How can I get the permalink Earring aid in Nigeria thanks.
I recently torn my industrial about two weeks ago after having it pierced for almost 5 months is it okay if i have my industrial back in after i had stitches? Is it gonna get worse or can i just be careful with it
Can I get something to glue my ear lobes, or some advice!