Split earlobe correction is a relatively straightforward and quick procedure to repair a split earlobe. 

What is Split Earlobe Correction?

The main reason for split earlobe correction surgery is to repair a split earlobe from earrings, injury, or sports. Whether it’s widening ear pierce holes or trauma, there are several reasons why an earlobe may split. People who have thin earlobes may find that the earlobe splits more easily. The good news is that you can repair a split or partially split earlobe. 

What Happens During Split Earlobe Correction Surgery?

During split earlobe correction surgery, your surgeon will remove the damaged skin and reattach both sides. You create 2 raw sides and then stitch them together with either dissolvable stitches or sutures that will need to be later removed by your surgeon. The scar will either be a straight line or zigzag pattern. The procedure takes between 30-45 minutes for both ears. You will be under local anaesthetic to numb the area. 

What are the Benefits of Split Earlobe Correction Surgery?

If you have a split earlobe from an earring or injury, you may find that you feel self-conscious. Even heavy earrings can put a lot of pressure on the earlobe. Fortunately, the procedure is straightforward and a relatively quick fix to repair a split earlobe. 

Benefits of the surgery include:

  • Minimal scarring 
  • Looks natural 
  • Repair splits in earlobe from earrings, trauma, sports, and injury  

How Long Does it Take to Recover From Split Earlobe Correction Surgery?

Following the procedure, you will be in minimal pain for up to 2 days. Your surgeon will advise you on the best way to manage any pain to make the recovery process as comfortable as possible. Most patients return to regular activties the day after the operation. You should keep the area dry for the first 24 to 48 hours as directed by your surgeon. 

In general, it takes between 4-6 weeks for your earlobe to heal fully. Your scars may look a little red for a few months but will continue to fade over time. You should avoid wearing heavy earrings for at least 6 months to give your earlobe the best chance of healing and maximise the results. 

What are the Potential Risks and Complications of Split Earlobe Correction Surgery?

There are potential risks and complications with any procedure. If you have a history of large and bulky scars, then the risk of developing that sort of scar is higher. Other risks and complications include:

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Infection   
  • Healing failure 
  • Notching of the area 

Split earlobes can occur in people for several different reasons. From large earrings to clip-on earrings that are too tight, you can experience split earlobes. If you experience a split earlobe, the surgery to fix the issue is straightforward and requires minimal downtime to recover. 


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