- Dr. Inessa Fishman
This 39-year-old woman had previously stretched or gauged her earlobes; she grew to dislike their appearance, and wanted earlobe repair. Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Inessa Fishman repaired her earlobes in the office, removing and repositioning the stretched earlobe tissue with the help of injectable numbing medicine. The patient is shown 3 months after repair, with a great outcome and excellent healing progress.
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.