Last Updated on February 6, 2021 by Dr Sanusi Umar MD

A split earlobe is a phenomenon in which the initial small opening of a piercing widens in shape. Split earlobes can be either partially or completely split. Will a split earlobe repair itself? Watch the video below to find out what Dr. Umar has to say about this condition and treatment options available.

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Earlobes can be torn from wearing heavy earrings. Fortunately, they can be fixed through surgery. Dr. U discusses how this can be achieved as well as ways to…

Why Did My Earlobe Split in Half?

Many people who develop torn earlobes wonder why they tear in the first place. As Dr. Umar explains in the video above, a frequent cause torn earlobes are the use of earrings, particularly those that are unusually heavy in weight. Individuals with weak earlobes can also be susceptible to earlobe tearing over time.

Additionally, earlobes can tear in certain situations when earrings are pulled forcefully, such as a curious baby or in a heated fight.

In addition to developing for a number of reasons, the type of tear itself can also vary typically over time and can be a partial or complete tear.

Will a Split Earlobe Repair Itself?

The Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles patient below came to Dr. Umar with an earlobe split in half. This complete tear prevented her from wearing earrings normally. Additionally, the cosmetic effect of such a tear can be a source of anxiety or embarrassment for some people.

After seeing a rip or tear, many wonder "Will a split earlobe repair itself?". The answer, Dr. Umar explains, is generally "no".

After seeing a rip or tear, many wonder “Will a split earlobe repair itself?”. The answer, Dr. Umar explains, is generally “no”.*

 

Similarly, the Hollywood, Los Angeles patient below consulted Dr. Umar to repair a split earlobe.

This Hollywood, Los Angeles patient approached Dr. Umar about her torn earlobe; after the repair procedure at Dr. U Skin Clinic, she was interested in safe earrings for split earlobes.

This Hollywood, Los Angeles patient approached Dr. Umar about her torn earlobe; after the repair procedure at Dr. U Skin Clinic, she was interested in safe earrings for split earlobes.*

In either case, however, these tears can be surgically closed. Dr. Umar explains this process involves two steps:

  1. Freshening the wound edges
  2. Suturing the wound closed

In freshening the wound, Dr. Umar prepares the torn earlobe for secondary closure by removing early scar tissue.

In some cases, a keloid may form over the split earlobe, in which case keloid removal services may be required.

 

In this Q&A video, Dr. Umar discusses split earlobes: how they happen, how to repair them, and how to avoid them in the future.

Are There Any Earrings for Split Earlobes?

After treating an earlobe that has been split in half, Dr. Umar typically recommends discontinuing the use of earrings. However, if this is unacceptable for a patient, Dr. Umar recommends that earrings are worn in a different area. The area should be away from the trajectory of the formerly torn part of the earlobe. This typically means a new puncture away from the sutured area.

Dr. Umar also recommends avoiding heavy earrings going forward to prevent this issue from developing again. For patients wondering about the kinds of earrings for split earlobes, Dr. Umar recommends clip-on earrings.

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