Background. Cosmetic repair of elongated or lacerated earlobe tracts is a commonly encountered dermatologic procedure. For esthetic purposes, patients may choose to repierce the repaired lobe over the original site. Subsequent piercing within a scarred area potentially increases the risk of recurrent tract elongation secondary to the reduced tensile strength of the scar.
Objective. To strengthen a damaged earlobe by incorporating a nonabsorbable, dermal polypropylene suture during earlobe repair.
Methods. The technique is described within the text.
Results. A deep polypropylene suture placed within a repaired earlobe tract provides a permanent barrier above which repiercing can be performed.
Conclusion. Permanent reinforcement of the repaired earlobe serves to reduce the possibility of recurrent elongation of the earlobe tract. The technique is relevant when repeat piercing is desired over the original site.
JOSEPH F. GRECO, MD, CHRISTINE S. STANKO, MD, AND STEVEN S. GREENBAUM, MD, HAVE INDICATED NO SIGNIFICANT INTEREST WITH COMMERCIAL SUPPORTERS.