Earlobe Repair – Patient 231
An engineer in her mid 20’s who is originally from Ethiopia. She has a partial tear of her left earlobe, most likely from sleeping with her earrings in place. She is shown before and again, 7 months after repair. Her scar was still painful and thicker at the 3 month mark and was injected with Kenalog, a type of steroid that can help scars soften. Patients of African and Asian heritage may be at higher risk for hypertrophic scars.
The thickness and tenderness of the scar has resolved now at 7 months and is ready to be re-pierced.
Earlobe Repair – Patient 229
An RN in her mid 40’s with a triple split of her left earlobe. She has slept with her earrings in place.
She is shown before and again, after a 2 stage repair. The outer two splits were repaired first and then she returned 6 weeks later to have the middle slit repaired. She is now seen 3 months after the second stage and has returned for re-piercing. The repair does not make her earlobe any stronger than before and she can split this again if she continues the same process. She has watched my video on the split earlobe to learn how this has happened and to avoid it from happening again. .
Earlobe Repair – Patient 228
A woman in her early 30’s with a right earlobe which was partially torn when she was younger and has lengthened with time. She does sleep with her earring in place. Her left earlobe is normal. She is shown before and again, 3 months after an earlobe lift/repair. Scars get thicker for 6 weeks and then fade and improve over the next 1 ½ to 2 years. She returns now to have the ear repierced.
Earlobe Repair – Patient 227
A woman in her mid 20’s with a split of her left ear, most likely from sleeping with her earrings in. She is shown before and again, 3 months after left earlobe repair. Scars typically get redder and thicker for 6 weeks and then fade and improve over the next 2 years. At 3 months the repair is typically ready to be re-pierced.
Earlobe Repair – Patient 226
A woman in her late 40’s with drooping of her earlobes and a partial split of her left earlobe. She does sleep with her earrings in place. She is shown before and again, 1 year after bilateral earlobe lift. A wedge is marked by swinging the earlobe back and forth past an imaginary center point. We can typically re-pierce the ears at the 3 month mark, but she was delayed in coming back in due to the pandemic
Earlobe Repair – Patient 225
An RN in her mid-40’s with a triple split of her left earlobe. She does not have issue with her right earlobe and this is most likely from sleeping with her earrings in, as I explain in my video on the split earlobe.
This was repaired in 2 stages. , 6 weeks apart. She is shown 3 months after the second stage as she returns to have her earlobe repierced. I have encouraged her to remove her earrings while sleeping to prevent this from happening again. Good to repair, better to prevent!
Scars will continue to fade and improve over the next 2 years.
Gauged Ear/Earlobe Repair – Patient 221
A challenging case of a woman in her early 30’s who has an unusual deformity of her ears following gauges and multiple earlobe splits. She sheepishly mentioned that she had allowed a non-medical friend to “trim her ears with a 15 blade”. This unfortunately removed much of the tissue that would have been helpful to reconstruct her ears as seen in other gauges repairs on my website. I was able to design and perform a 2 stage repair of her right earlobe 6 weeks apart, and a one stage repair of her left earlobe.
I was then able to see her back to re-pierce her ears.