The earlobes are delicate pieces of fatty tissue that are easy to pierce and adorn with jewelry. Kids, teens and adults of all genders have ear piercings, from single holes to multiple areas and gauges. While popular, piercings are the main cause of stretched and torn earlobes. Aging, trauma and overly large adornments are factors that can result in an earlobe ripped in half. At Be That Beautiful™ Plastic Surgery, we offer torn earlobe repair at our Beverly Hills clinic.
The skin and fatty tissue in the earlobe are susceptible to stretching over time. Ear piercings hasten this process by pulling down the earlobe. Like all skin and tissue, the earlobes lose collagen as you get older. The lobes can sag and droop like other skin due to lost elasticity. Heavy earrings, gauges, large posts and other factors can elongate the piercings until there is little tissue between the hole and the bottom of the earlobe. A small tug can rip these stretched earlobes in half, leaving a mangled ear that is unattractive.
Ear Gauge and Piercing Repairs
Whether it is trauma, stretching or age-related piercing or gauge earlobe tears, plastic surgery can restore a complete earlobe. Dr. Obaid Chaudhry is a skilled plastic surgeon that can resection the earlobe and suture it together to obtain a full lobe once again. The procedure can be completed in an outpatient office visit using only local anesthesia to numb the earlobe. Once the skin and tissue heal completely, the earlobe can be re-pierced if the patient desires.
Ear gauges have made torn earlobes more common due to their size and weight. The stretching and damage to the earlobe are often more significant than from a smaller piercing. Having an experienced plastic surgeon perform your torn earlobe repair can ensure you get the best results.
Many people experience stretched or torn earlobes from gauges or piercings. If you have an earlobe that has been damaged, contact our aesthetic team at Be That Beautiful™ Plastic Surgery. We can schedule your consultation with Dr. Chaudhry to discuss your earlobe repair surgery at our Los Angeles clinic.