If you have your ears pierced and have developed a split or torn earlobe due to injury (the earring gets caught on a brush or clothing) or gradually due to weight of heavy earrings, Mr Meagher can help.
This split, or torn, earlobe is unsightly, but we can perform a surgical procedure under local anaesthetic on an out-patient basis to correct this. There are a number of different surgical techniques that can be used, but all aim to change the split into a smooth contour. You can re-pierce the ear at a later stage, when the ear has healed fully.
Before the operation
The most important thing to do is to talk with Mr Meagher so that there is a clear understanding of your desires and expectations, in light of any biological prerequisites. We want you to be well informed and have realistic expectations of the results.
We will evaluate your current physical health and health history and also explain the procedure. Because this is an elective procedure, we will carefully discuss the benefits and risks. You will have to stop taking medication which alters blood viscosity, e.g. aspirin. As for all surgery, patients are requested to stop smoking at least 6 weeks prior to the operation.
If you decide to proceed with the operation you will be required to confirm your understanding of all aspects of the surgery and agreement to proceed by signing a consent form.
We will also take photographs as a record and to help plan your surgery.
During the operation
There are a number of ways we can approach this operation and usually the first stage involves cutting around the two loose flaps to make them smooth and exposed. The next stage is to stitch the ear lobes back together following a zig-zag pattern which gives you the option of getting your ears pierced again.
You should apply antibiotic ointment to reduce the risk of infection and avoid using hairdryers until your wounds have healed. Don’t attempt to have your ears pierced again for at least 6 months after your surgery.
Naturally, there are risks associated with any type of operation and this surgery is no exception. Mr Meagher will explain the possible risks, which are rare, but may include:
- Permanent scars
- A notch or indentation on the
This surgery is usually covered by private health insurance in Ireland.