Body piercing has been popular for decades and continues to attract both men and women. Normally when skin is punctured, the hole closes on its own and heals without a sign. When the earlobes are pierced, an earring is put in immediately to prevent the hole from closing.
Why Have Your Earlobe Repaired?
Over time, skin will grow into the hole and line the internal surface of the puncture. Once this happens, the hole may shrink, but is unable to completely close, even with the piercing removed.
Sometimes the earring hole can get stretched because of heavy earrings or trauma. Surgery to repair or close earlobe holes is possible, but tricky; gauge earring defects require new tissue in order to close the hole.
How Is Earlobe Repair Performed?
Suturing it shut would result in an earlobe with an abnormal contour, so tissue is recruited from other areas of the earlobe in what is known as a local flap reconstruction. The procedure is generally performed in an outpatient setting using local anesthesia.
Sutures to close the skin should remain in place for several days afterward before being removed. Some swelling is common and to be expected, but that should go away after a few days.
Call ENT Specialists Of Northern Virginia at (703) 644-7800 for more information or to schedule an appointment.