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Sierra says she has been wearing earrings nearly every day for the past 13 years, but in the last year, a slit has developed on her earlobe.
Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra explains that for many women who wear heavy or dangly earrings that overtime the piercing begins to be stretched out and cause other earrings to hang improperly. Dr. Batra says the fix involves cutting out the old hole in her ear and then sliding the skin back over itself. The technique is called a modified Z-plasty. The procedure is done while under local anesthesia.
After cutting out the old hole, the area is cauterized to stop any bleeding, followed by stitches, which stay in for 10 to 15 days. Some patients can have their ears pierced again in 6 weeks, while more complicated cases like Sierra will need to wait 3 months before piercing again.
Sierra tells us she felt no pain during the procedure. The Doctors recommend seeing a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist for a torn earlobe fix.