How do I repair my earlobe whie keeping it stretched? (photo)
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Stretched Ear Lobe Repair Instead of Closure
- I have seen patients with stretched/gauged ear lobes just like yours, whose ear lobe skin is just about to tear. And like you, some of these patients still desire to wear plugs or other jewelry.
- Under local anesthesia, I have excised the very thin portion of the earlobe that is about to tear, and then sewn the two portions of the ear lobe on either side back together.
- I then ask these patients to NOT wear any plugs/jewelry for at least a month, so as to not put any tension on the repair. After a month, you can then begin to wear jewelry again.
- Thanks for sharing your photo, and best of luck to you!
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Earlobe repair while keeping it stretched
Theoretically speaking, it could be repaired surgically by removing the thinnest, most damaged skin and then carefully reapproximating the tissue. However, before doing this, I would make sure to refrain from wearing the jewelry for several weeks before and after the procedure.
Michael M. Kim, MD