- Dr. Inessa Fishman
This 33-year-old woman noted her earlobe piercing had been slowly stretching for several months before tearing completely. She had an earlobe repair with our Facial Plastic surgeon Dr. Inessa Fishman, and has healed nicely 2 months after this minor surgery. She is shown immediately after re-piercing of the earlobe.
Earlobe piercings can become stretched or torn due to trauma or pulling, heavy earring use, and sleeping with earrings. Some patients just say their earlobe piercings were always too low or asymmetric, and want to address with with earlobe repair and re-piercing. An earlobe repair is one of our most common minor surgical procedures, which we typically do in the comfort of our luxurious clinic and with the help of injectable numbing medicine. Based on your individual earlobe anatomy, Dr. Fishman may re-pierce the earlobe at the same time as the repair, or recommend healing for 2 months after a repair before re-piercing.
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.