, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 253-255

Treatment of traumatic earlobe clefts

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Torn and split earlobes are common and often due to earring trauma. Repair of split earlobe clefts is one of the most common problems in plastic surgery. However, little has been written recently about this subject. This article compares our technique for repairing cleft earlobes with other described techniques. The technique presented is sound, simple in concept, technically undemanding to perform, and has definite advantages over other methods currently in use. A waiting period before repiercing the ear is suggested to allow the earlobe tissue to soften and assume its final shape. Neither recurrence nor notching of the lobule has been a problem.