There are 3 main types of earlobe surgery:
Repairing torn earlobes
- Torn earlobes can happen over time from wearing heavy earrings, causing the lobe to stretch. Focus on buying earrings that are studs or lightweight.
- Your clothing or hairbrush may catch your earring, causing a tear. It is easy to be unaware of your earrings because you can’t really feel them. Even if they are extra heavy, you just get used to them. The best thing you can do is get into the habit of taking them off before getting dressed or disrobing.
- You may be holding a baby who latches onto an earring and yanks it. Babies can find themselves super intrigued by sparkly things, after all. If you are a new mother, it is a good idea to again, just stick to wearing small studs. That way you don’t even have to even think about it.
- Some people naturally have ear lobes that are abnormally large, which may draw attention to them and lead to feelings of insecurity.
- Because cartilage of the ears continues to grow as people age, this can lead to larger earlobes.
- Gravity can also be a key player in earlobes stretching and enlarging.
Surgical excision of keloids
The removal of keloids are a more complicated form of earlobe surgery. Keloids are abnormal scars that can form from any tear or break of the skin…even from something minor like an ear piercing.
That may not sound too bad…until you know that they can actually grow to grotesque dimensions and form painful deformities the size of a walnut.
The surgeon has to remove the abnormal tissue and then reconstruct the ear lobe by using and rearranging normal tissue. Cortisone medication can be injected to hinder any new abnormal scar tissue from forming.
If surgery is needed or desired, seek out the help of a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.