After earlobe surgery on a torn earlobe, how long will the ear take to heal before it can be pierced?
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I have my patients wait 3 months after earlobe repair before re-piercing. Depending on your healing, you may be able to wear a clip on style sooner. Check with your plastic surgeon.
I recommend patients wait 3 months prior to re-piercing. The time constraints you are under put you at risk to re-tear.
Dean Vistnes, MDVistnes Plastic SurgerySan Francisco Bay Area
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