Earlobe surgery is performed to repair ear lobes that have been torn by earrings or trauma, or that have been intentionally stretched through certain types of body piercing known as gauging. It is not the same as ear pinning (otoplasty), which is performed to correct protruding or misshapen ears. The ear lobe is composed of skin and fat, which is why it is more prone to tears than the thick, heavy cartilage found mostly on the upper part of your ear. There are several instances that may result in a torn earlobe. Sometimes earlobe tears occur because your ears were pierced too low to begin with.
Other ear lobe problems include droopy or stretched-out earlobes, which also occur from the pull of heavy earrings. Earlobe surgery takes about 30 minutes and is usually done with local anesthesia in an office based setting. There may be some minimal discomfort after your procedure, which can be treated with over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication. You will be able to pierce your earlobes within 4-6 weeks from the date of the repair. We recommend that you do not re-pierce in the same spot of the original piercing or along the suture repair line. Choose lightweight or stud earrings instead of big hoops. Also, remove large, bright earrings when you are around kids, as young children may be tempted to grab and pull on them. This will help decrease the chances of your earlobe tearing again.