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Patient Info

49 years old
Dr. Inessa Fishman


The 49-year-old woman shown came to the Aviva Plastic Surgery practice interested in earlobe repair. She was bothered by a nearly completely torn earlobe piercing on her left ear, which has been stretched for multiple years.  She reported having her pierced at birth, and the piercing was ripped in her teens and has gotten worse.

Our Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Inessa Fishman treated the nearly-torn piercing with an earlobe repair, removing the piercing in the comfort of our office.  The patient had this minor surgical procedure performed with the help of injectable numbing medicine; she is shown 2 months after the repair of the piercing, and immediately after Dr. Fishman re-pierced her earlobe.

Earlobe repair is one of the most common small surgical procedures in our practice.  A lot of patients have stretched or torn earlobe piercings from trauma, children pulling on earrings, inflammatory changes, or sleeping in earrings.

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.Learn More About Earlobe Repair