As people wear earrings, over time the piercing holes often stretch and become elongated. With heavier earrings, this can happen faster than expected! When the piercing holes are stretched, earrings can slip down and not stay in place, which makes it difficult to wear certain types of earrings. Eventually, the bottom of the piercing holes may wear through completely and the earlobe can split or tear at which point it becomes impossible to wear earrings
Fortunately, it is possible to repair earlobe-piercing holes that have been stretched or split. The procedure itself is performed with local anesthesia, and it is usually not necessary to go to the operating room. Sutures are placed that may be removed in one week and then in a few months, the earlobes can be re-pierced and earrings can be worn again!
Dermal Fillers for the Earlobe
Dermal filler is a quick and easy fix for damaged thinned earlobes. A small amount of dermal filler injected into a damaged earlobe adds volume to the area, returning it to a more natural shape. It helps in plumping up stretched, drooping and painful-looking earlobes. The effects of an earlobe repair using a dermal filler such as Juvederm or Radiesse can last for about 9 months to a year.
In a separate segment, Dr. Kappel explained how she fixes earlobes that have torn all the way through.
Earlobe Keloid Repair
Keloids (thick, unsightly scars) can also develop on the earlobes. After steroid injections soften the keloid, these scars can be surgically removed from earlobes and artfully reconstructed for a more natural earlobe contour.
If you’d like to learn more about our earlobe treatments, please fill out the form on this page or call (562) 997-1144.