Stretched or Torn Earlobe Repair
Having a stretched or torn earlobe repaired is a common and inexpensive procedure.
Heavy earrings and gauging may be popular, but you may regret the effects on your earlobes as you age. Don't worry. Split or torn earlobes or stretched earlobes are a common problem faced by many women (and men).
Fortunately, repairing the earlobe is a relatively straightforward office procedure that can be performed in less than an hour.
In certain cases, however, the problem may be that the earlobe has thinned and the earring will not stay in the desired position, but will instead droop downward. In these cases it is often possible to rejuvenate the earlobe by using a dermal filler which creates the support for an earring to remain in the ideal position.
A type of otoplasty or cosmetic earlobe surgery, the Earlobe Reduction procedure may actually restore earlobes to their previous condition by excising extra flesh. Local anesthetic, typically Novocain, is applied to the earlobe and the section of extra tissue and stretched piercing is removed entirely. The two halves are then reconnected and sewn up with fine sutures. After about a week, there may be a thin white scar but this too will fade over time. Ears may be re-pierced after 6 weeks should patients choose to wear earrings again.