I have a particular interest in the repair of the split earlobe and have published a technique
to repair the earlobe while keeping the hole. Direct suture of the split earlobe can result in a notch in the earlobe if the scar contracts over time. Furthermore, it means that the ear will need to be pierced in a new, unscarred area and this can cause asymmetry with piercings in the opposite ear .
To overcome these problems, I perform split earlobe repair using a double flap technique which avoids a straight-line scar that is prone to contracture and allows for the earring hole to be recreated in the original position and so earrings can be worn again without re-piercing.
This technique can be done under local anaesthetic as an outpatient procedure. If enough notice is given, I can often perform the procedure on the same day as the consultation.
drawings by Mr NS Niranjan