A novel staged pull-through technique is offered for the maintenance of the piercing tract during the replacement of a temporary earring (2-0 nylon) to a permanent one following the repair of a split earlobe. This method, which was applied on 28 patients with 30 cleft earlobes, secures the harmless replacement of the temporary earring 6 weeks following the ear lobe repair. No complications such as false root, bleeding, dehiscence or infection were documented during and following the replacement process. The equipment is negligible, inexpensive and readily available. The method requires minimal preparation and causes little if any discomfort to the patient. A follow-up of 6 months did not reveal any widening of the neo-tract or recurrence of the earlobe cleft. Level of Evidence: Level V, therapeutic study.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Mar 1, 2014
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