Split Earlobes are usually caused by prolonged use of heavy earrings or accidental pulling and tugging. The actual tear may be a partial tear, or a full thickness tear that completely splits the earlobe. Torn earlobes bother patients from a cosmetic standpoint, and they can prevent the wearing of earrings.
The ear lobe repair of torn earlobes is a very simple process that takes about 15 minutes and requires only a local anesthetic. A 14K gold long post is inserted at the time of repair and is provided by the patient. The 14K gold long posts must stay in for six weeks.
To create a simple recovery, dissolvable sutures are used and the patient can immediately resume normal activities that do not place tension on the ear. Sutures dissolve in about 1-2 weeks resulting in a normal-appearing ear in almost all cases.