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September 1965

Earlobe Piercing With Needles and Wire

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati.

Arch Dermatol. 1965;92(3):305-306. doi:10.1001/archderm.1965.01600150095018

WITH the current fashion of the teenagers in ear piercing, there has been renewed interest in this technique by the dermatologist. Many techniques and even special instruments have been used for centuries. In common usage has been the straight needle, the straight pin now in vogue in college dormitories, the cutting needle carrying silver wire or heavy black silk, and the ear stapler. Some difficulties with all procedures have been the premature closure of the puncture area and hemorrhage into the earlobe making it difficult to insert the earrings or to place them symmetrically. Other complications include secondary infection and keloid formation. Previously, we had used the cutting needle in preference to other procedures. In the past year, we have substituted the use of the large gauge straight needle carrying a flexible wire. Recently, Steinitz1 has reported a similar technique of the needle piercing with the insertion of