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Patient Info

Gender:
Female
Age:
44 years old

Description

This 44-year-old woman wanted to treat her stretched earlobe piercings; these had stretched slowly over several years, and the patient disliked wearing earrings because of how they appeared on her earlobe. Her treatment included repair of the stretched piercings, and re-piercing of the earlobe 1.5 months after treatment.  The patient is shown with excellent healing progress from her repair, and immediately after re-piercing.

Earlobe piercing repair is one of the most common office-based procedures in our practice, and may be appropriate for those patients bothered by piercings that are too low/ stretched, torn, or asymmetric.  We frequently combine earlobe repairs with facelifting and necklift surgeries, in addition to performing these treatments by themselves.

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