Split or Stretched Earlobes

Split earlobes are a problem that many people face usually brought about from having had their ear's pierced at some point in their life. Piercing creates a hole and a danger for the ears to be ripped or torn. Split earlobe surgery can repair this process.

The surgery can be performed in a number of ways, however the first stage involves cutting around the two loose flaps, to make them smooth and exposed. From here the surgeon will stitch the ears lobe back together.

Preparation

Before undergoing split earlobe surgery consideration and preparation are vital elements. Those who are considering the procedure should clearly outline their targets, and openly discuss this with their consultant. Those who are considering the procedure should be aware of the risks and complications that can arise, as well as the practical changes that are needed prior to surgery. Patients are required to stop taking medication which alters blood viscosity; including aspirin, birth control and hormone correction. In preparation of surgery it is also highly recommended that patients avoid smoking, to provide a quicker recovery.

After the operation

Following the operation patients should wash their hands around 3 times a day, and apply a dressing of antibiotic ointment in order to minimise the risk of any infection this will also aid the healing process. After surgery patients can wash their hair however should avoid drying it at first until the wounds are healed.

Recovering from Split Earlobe Surgery

  • Apply a dressing of antibiotic ointment to stop the risk of infection and aid the healing process
  • Following surgery patients may wash their hair, however they are reminded that this could cause pain and perhaps a stinging sensation.
  • Patients should avoid using a hair dryer whilst they recover.
  • Patients should expect some liquid drainage from around the area.

For the large majority of adults who under go split earlobe surgery the results will be a success with no unforeseen consequences. Despite this, the capacity for risks and complications remain, as is the case for almost all surgical procedures.

Risks and Complications

  • Patients who under go split earlobe surgery may also run the risk of permanent scarring.
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling

By nature, all medical procedures carry an element of risk. While the majority of patients do not experience any complication during our split earlobe procedures, before embarking on any medical procedure, it is advisable to consult fully with the McLean Academy so that our qualified staff can suitably discuss any risk or concerns that your procedure may pose.

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