Let's Talk About Earlobe Repair

Lots of people have damaged earlobes that requires a procedure to fix. Basically, it’s irreversible without surgery. No…not even superglue can fix this one.

Earlobes are small bundles of skin and fatty tissue, which are strong and flexible to a certain extent. But they’re not as strong compared  to other parts of the ear that are mainly cartilage. Earlobe correction (or reconstruction) can surgically repair and restore clefted, stretched, ripped, torn and gauged earlobes. It also corrects irregularities that result from injuries, traumas and congenital deformities. Another similar treatment that has gained popularity is earlobe reduction, which is a procedure that reduces the size of your earlobes.

Earlobe damage is common among men and women. Earrings usually add that missing sparkle – it can be a beautiful addition to our facial appearance and wardrobe. But if you regularly wear those ‘heavy duty’ earrings, they can have a gnarly impact on your ear! Earlobe damage can also result from babies pulling on earrings, earrings getting caught on sweaters and other similar incidents that can cause the same types of problems.

The gradual lengthening and stretching of the earring hole can happen if you regularly wear these types of earrings or if you gauge your earlobes. This can eventually lead to the earlobe(s) ripping. Earlobe gauging is the stretching of an individuals ears to create a way larger than normal ear piercings. With the passage of time, they may not want elasticized earlobes anymore or are meeting resistance with an employer and could be self-conscious at interviews. Then they may elect for earlobe repair.

Cynthia Diehl, MD, FACS performs in-office earlobe repairs under local anesthesia, which takes about 15-20 minutes per ear. Regarding post-operative care, there is no special wound care other than keeping the area clean. The stitches are usually ready to come out in about a week.

When the earlobes are finished healing, it is advised to avoid stretching and thinning the earlobe again. If you still enjoy wearing heavier earrings, a good way to do this is to alternate between the light studs and the larger bangles.