- 59 years old
- Dr. Inessa Fishman
This 59-year-old woman was bothered by her stretched earlobes, and has felt they are too long for several years. She had a previous earlobe repair to change the position of her ear piercings, and worried that wearing overly heavy earrings may have contributed to her earlobes becoming stretched.
Our facial plastic surgeon Dr. Inessa Fishman treated this patient with an earlobe reduction procedure, removing excess length from the earlobes via a minor surgical procedure in our office. Dr. Fishman also moved the patient’s piercings to a higher, more aesthetically pleasing position, and stitched up her previous piercing holes. The patient is shown just 1 week after surgery, and immediately after having her stitches removed; she has excellent healing progress and a beautiful outcome.
Earlobe size can be reduced, and earlobe that are too “stuck out” or prominent can be brought closer to the head with earlobe surgery. It is common to change piercing position at the same time as earlobe surgery. Earlobe surgery is usually performed with injected numbing medicine in the comfort of our office.
About Earlobe Repair Procedure
Stretched or torn earlobes commonly happen because of trauma, such as heavy earrings, children pulling on earrings, or gauging— the practice of placing increasingly larger studs into earlobe piercings as a part of body modification. Trauma stretches the piercing to an overly large hole or a completely split earlobe, with the piercing reaching down to the bottom edge of the lobe. Earlobe repair for stretched or torn earlobes is a relatively simple and minor surgical procedure that is performed in our office with the help of local anesthesia (injection of numbing medicine) or as part of a more extensive facial and neck rejuvenation procedure, such as a facelift or neck lift. Piercings that are placed too low on the earlobe or are mismatched between the lobes may also require earlobe repair, with re-piercing for a better piercing position. Our facial plastic surgeon Dr. Inessa Fishman commonly performs earlobe repair as a standalone procedure, or in combination with face and neck lift surgery.