Earlobe repair is the treatment of earlobes that have been torn or stretched. These could be caused by trauma, heavy earrings, or large gauge piercings. We numb the area with local anesthesia, remove the damaged skin, and reconstruct the earlobe tissue to give it a more natural appearance. While the earlobe can be pierced again, it is best to pierce an area that is not scarred after surgery and to avoid wearing heavy or large earrings in the future.
Depending on the degree of damage to your earlobe, there are multiple treatment options.
For mildly stretched earlobes, the simplest option is to inject a small amount of filler, such as Restylane or Belotero, directly below the piercing. This works to counteract the ‘drooping’ effect and gives temporary improvement. This can last from 6-12 months on average.
For more severe stretching, a quick and easy surgical procedure is recommended. Surgical repair involves the application of a local anesthetic, excision of the damaged tissue, and repair of the treatment area with sutures. This doesn’t mean the end of earrings for you. After it has healed, you can re-pierce your ear and have a fresh start.
Finally, for fully split or torn earlobes, surgical repair is the only recommended course. But don’t fret – it’s hardly any more invasive than the treatment for stretching. Using a local anesthetic, we remove the damaged tissue on the inside of the tear and carefully suture both sides to fully restore your earlobe’s normal look.