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Variety of complications after auricle piercing

Authors

  • Marta Fijałkowska MD, PhD,

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    1. Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Institute of Surgery, Medical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland
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      Marta Fijałkowska, md, phd

      Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery

      University Hospital No. 1

      Kopcinskiego 22

      90-153 Lodz

      Poland

      E-mail: fijalkowska.m@wp.pl

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  • Anna Kasielska MD,

    1. Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Institute of Surgery, Medical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland
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  • Bogusław Antoszewski MD

    1. Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Institute of Surgery, Medical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland
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  • Conflicts of Interest: None.

Abstract

Background

Body piercing is a known and popular method of body ornamentation. Modern body piercing includes wearing jewelry in such body areas as the helix (ear), eyebrows, nose, lips, tongue, chin, nipples, navel, and genitals. The current piercing definition does not comprise piercing of the earlobe; however, this body area is still the most common on which jewelry is worn. The aim of this research is to present a spectrum of complications after auricle piercing and to consider including earlobe piercing in the modern definition of body piercing.

Methods

Studied group consisted of 75 patients treated in the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery (Medical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland) for complications after auricle piercing. Age of participants ranged from 7 to 62 years (mean age 23.7 years).

Results

The most common complications in the examined group were post-traumatic tearing of the earlobe and keloid formation. Of all the patients with complications after auricle piercing, most had lesions located in earlobes; it seems that complications in earlobes are significantly more common than in the helix (P < 0.001).

Conclusions

The fashion of body piercing is not safe. Complications after earlobe piercing are similar to those occurring in other sites of the auricle after piercing. Moreover, due to its prevalence, complications after earlobe piercing are statistically more common, which is why it is worth considering including earlobe piercing in the modern definition of body piercing.

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