ABC7’s The More in the Morning team spoke with Dr. Michael K. Kim, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, about problematic piercing holes. Whether you’ve stretched your earlobes, or a piercing hole is droopier than you’d like, you can typically fix most of these issues with a quick procedure.
Earlobe restoration surgery is a simple in-office surgical procedure that can be performed to fix earlobe tearing, stretching, or sagging. The procedure begins with the ears being marked for a surgical incision. Next, a local anesthetic is injected into the earlobe that makes the lobe numb for around two hours. Many patients state they only pain they feel is during this quick injection. The physician will then make incisions to remove (trim) stretched tissue and/or cut the skin around a tear. Finally, the earlobe is repaired with stitches. It is possible to pierce the ears after earlobe repair surgery, as long as the new piercing does is not placed in the scar (to minimize the chance of future stretching or tearing). Patients will have to wait 3 months before re-piercing to allow for adequate healing.
This is not to be confused with Otoplasty, which is a procedure that is used to ‘pin back’ overly prominent ears.