Torn earlobes is a complication of pierced earlobes. Some preventive tips include:
- Not wearing heavy ear rings.
- Being careful when putting on or removing clothing so as not to "catch" the earring.
- Being careful around babies/toddlers who want to play with shiny/dangling objects can help prevent the lobe from being torn.
- Use the "earlobe support" which is a stick-on disc that help support the earlobe when heavy earrings are worn.
A really good article with nice, clear instructions on the Z-plasty technique is:
REPAIR OF THE SPLIT EARLOBE USING A HALF Z-PLASTY; Journal of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Vol 101(3):855,856, March 1998; Gajiwala, Kalpesh M.S., M.Ch.
Dr. Michael Bermant, MD ‘s website has some very nice photos of before and after repair.
Mending a Hole (June 26, 2007)