Surgery to repair a torn earlobe is a frequent occurrence, as piercing an earlobe puts it at risk to tearing. The size, style and weight of an earring can also contribute to the stretching of the earlobe opening. Large earrings that dangle are caught on clothing or grasped by a child. The result may be a partially or completely torn earlobe.
Repair of a torn earlobe occurs using a local anesthetic. The procedure consists of “freshening” the edges of the split and placement of sutures to complete the repair of the earlobe. After a healing period of several months, then the patient can have their ear re-pierced if so desired.
Piercing an earlobe also puts it at risk for development of a keloid. A keloid is a scar that grows beyond the edges of the pierced opening in the earlobe and is a thick, nodular, itchy cluster of scar tissue that is often red or darker in color than the surrounding skin.
The keloid of the earlobe is treated by injecting a steroid medication directly into the scar tissue to reduce redness, itching, and burning. If the medication does not decrease the size and firmness, surgical excision is undertaken with the understanding that the keloid can recur in the earlobe, sometimes even larger than before. To discourage keloid recurrence in the earlobe steroid injections or radiation therapy may be used as an adjunct with surgery. Special pressure earrings can also decrease recurrence of the keloid if worn after surgery.
Just like in the rest of our face, our earlobes lose fat as we age. The skin also gets thinner adding to the wrinkling effect. Some women start to feel self-conscious about that. A quick and easy fix for sagging earlobes is to inject a little bit of filler into them. This immediately reinflates the earlobes to their more youthful appearance and shape.
Filler injections to the earlobes are also very long lasting compared, for example, to filler injections in the lips. Either Restylane or Juvederm can be used to quickly restore volume to the earlobes.
Spectrum Dermatology provides expertise, knowledge and passion to medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Our experience and reputation make Spectrum Dermatology one of the most sought-after dermatologist in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area. For more information or to set up an appointment please contact us at (480) 948-8400.