Ear lobes are by far the most popular location for decorative piercing. Unlike the rest of the outer ear, the earlobe has no cartilage which makes piercing it a much more straight forward process than other locations. Unfortunately because earlobes are only soft tissue, damage or injury to them is a common occurrence.
Earring tears have been a problem for likely as long as humans have been piercing them. Small children wanting to grab something shiny that caught their eye; a snag of an earring on something else, like clothing; fighting; and wearing earrings that are simply too heavy for the earlobe to support well are well known and frequent hazards. These tears may not extend all the way to the edge of the earlobe, but makes wearing smaller stud earrings difficult because they can pull all the way through the hole. For complete tears, having a visibly notched ear is rarely aesthetically pleasing for the owner.
The growing popularity of earlobe stretching in the United States creates a different sort of split in the earlobe that is controlled rather than accidental, but even that is not risk free. Trying to stretch too quickly can cause a “blow out” which is a long tear around the inner tube of skin being stretched out by progressively larger insertions worn in the piercing. If taken care of quickly, a blow out only presents a setback in how long it takes to get to your stretching goal. Otherwise an unwanted lip of tissue can form around the hole and create an uneven bulge around the inner edge.
Earlobe tear repair is fortunately a relatively inexpensive cosmetic procedure for people who have damaged earlobes from accidents or from second thoughts about body modifications like ear stretching, or to remove extra tissue from a stretching blow out. If you want to be able to continue wearing regular earrings, your surgeon may be able to place a piercing stud in the proper position so that as the rest of the ear heals, a small opening will remain for future earrings. If your surgeon doesn't recommend this, then ask about how long to wait until you might be able to try piercing your ears again.
Keloid scars, a type of excessive scar growth, can also form from even a simple piercing and earlobes are a common location for them to form. Earlobe tear repair surgery can also remove keloid scarring with additional medical treatments during the healing process to discourage their formation again.
Cosmetic Surgical Arts & Rejuvenation of Oklahoma is the office of Dr. Michell Cohn, D.O. As a female cosmetic surgeon , she understands many of the issues particular to women and self-image and how self-image can powerfully affect your quality of life. Dr. Cohn brings beauty to a science with a variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures to achieve great, natural looking results. She specializes in tummy tucks, breast implants and breast augmentation , necklifts, liposuction, gynecomastia, facial procedures, face lifts, earring tears, and other cosmetic surgeries along with offering laser treatments, lip fillers, Sculptra, Radiesse, Vivite, and Latisse products.