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The auricle can split due to various reasons, for example accidentally pulling the earring. When the earlobe is torn or the piercing hole widens, auricle surgery is necessary to repair the damage
In mild conditions, the part of the earlobe that is split due to the habit of repeatedly removing clothes through the head, using heavy earrings, or due to other factors can heal by itself. However, the wound will make the piercing hole in the earlobe bigger.
Surgery on Split Earlobe
Cleft earlobe repair surgery can use local anesthesia, so the patient remains conscious during the operation. This operation is performed by removing the damaged tissue and making a new wound at the edge of the tear so that it can be joined together, then carefully stitching the wound.
In performing surgery, the surgeon can keep the existing piercing hole and only reduce its size, can also close the piercing hole completely and re-pierce the earlobe a few months later.
In addition, doctors can also graft ear cartilage into the middle of the earlobe. That way, the location will be stronger when pierced again and the risk of the earlobe to split again will be smaller.
If there are no complications, usually the patient can go home immediately after the operation. Generally, the sewing thread used can be absorbed by the body and does not need to be removed. However, under certain conditions, the patient may have to return to the doctor to have the stitches removed.
Treatment After Earlobe Surgery
The surgeon will advise the patient to keep the surgical wound dry for 24-48 hours after surgery. After that, the patient can perform surgical wound care independently at home.
The surgeon will usually provide the patient with an ointment to apply to the surgical wound. Some doctors may also recommend keloid injections if the patient has a history of keloids.
Although it is safe to do, earlobe surgery still has the risk of causing several complications, including:
- Bleeding and pain in the earlobe
- Infection, swelling, or the appearance of scar tissue and keloids on the earlobe
- The earlobe has split again so it needs to be re-operated
If you experience a split earlobe or an enlarged piercing hole, you should consult a doctor. The surgeon will determine whether earlobe surgery is necessary to treat the condition.
dr. Sonny Seputra, M.Ked.Klin, SpB, FINACS