Repair Ripped, Torn or Stretched Earlobes

A person’s earlobes are constructed of fatty tissue and soft skin and come in various sizes, shapes and forms, which are unique to each person. When earlobes are pierced to accommodate various forms of jewelry or accessories, from smaller studs to larger, heavier “gauges” or circular ornaments, these delicate areas can become stretched, enlarged, ripped or torn. This can make the earlobes unattractive and unusable for most types of ear jewelry and accessories.

Earlobe reconstruction and repair can bring these earlobes back to their normal shape and size and restore them to how they looked prior to being stretched or torn.

What to Expect During Earlobe Reconstruction and Repair

The degree of the earlobe damaged will determine the type of repair that is needed. After marking the area for the procedure, a local numbing agent will be used to perform this procedure as an outpatient procedure with no general anesthesia required.

You will feel minimal discomfort after your procedure, and normally most patients do fine without pain-relieving medication or with only an over the counter pain reliever such as Advil or Tylenol. An antibiotic ointment will be used on the area to prevent any infection and to aid in the healing process. A small amount of drainage from the affected area is normal as well.

You will be able to return to work and resume normal activities following your procedure. Patients are advised not to have any piercings done for up to six months post-procedure.

To determine if you are a good candidate for earlobe reconstruction and repair, please call to schedule your consultation with one of our professionals at West County Dermatology.


*Results may vary per patient.