The repair is performed by excising any new skin and scar tissue, and is closed with absorbable sutures.
It takes about 20 minutes on average. Often it is possible to preserve a piercing to allow the continued use of a stud earring once the tear has healed (usually 4 weeks afterwards).
The use of pendant or heavy earrings has to be delayed until 3 months after repair. The consultant would recommend antiseptic cream to be applied twice a day for the first 2 weeks to prevent infection and improve the appearance of the scar (which cannot be avoided).
This information was provided by Mr Nigel Padgham, ENT Consultant who performs this procedure.