Although the existing methods* for piercing ears are generally satisfactory, they have certain disadvantages which can, at times, complicate an otherwise simple procedure. The suture method, for example, which consists of placing sutures in the ear lobules, has the following drawbacks:
The suture tract frequently becomes secondarily infected and painful.
The sinus tract created is not always easily penerated by the earrings, and a false passage may occur.
The suture material must be worn for 7 to 10 days.
Seiger2 and Kanee3 recommend piercing the ear lobule from front to back with a 17- to 13-gauge hypodermic needle, the gauge to be determined by placing the barbed end of the earring in the lumina of various needles until a snug fit is obtained. The needle is thrust through the ear lobule into a piece of cork; the earring is inserted into the lumen,
MANDEL EH. IMPROVED METHOD FOR PIERCING EARSReport of Four Cases. AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1954;69(4):500–502. doi:10.1001/archderm.1954.01540160102018