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34 years old
Dr. Inessa Fishman


The 34-year-old woman shown came to our practice interested in a torn earlobe repair, as part of preparing for her upcoming wedding.  She described a slow stretching of her ear piercing, with eventual tearing, and could no longer wear any earrings in her first piercing.

Our Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Inessa Fishman treated her with an earlobe repair, followed by re-piercing 2 months later.  The patient’s repair was done in the comfort of our office, with the help of injectable numbing medicine.  Earlobe repair is a common, no-downtime procedure that addresses stretched, torn, or asymmetric piercings.

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