Pierced ears are common for men and women, and so are torn earlobes. Ear piercings can stretch due to aging, and heavy earrings or trauma can pull an earring through the soft earlobe tissue. When an earlobe is torn, it can impact the appearance of the ear and limit the use of earrings or jewelry. At Precision Medical Specialists, we offer torn earlobe repair performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven Rueda, at our facility in Wellington, FL.
The earlobe is the softest tissue on the ear, mostly consisting of fatty tissue and skin instead of harder cartilage. Piercings may begin in the middle of the earlobe, but over time the piercing can stretch and elongate. The earlobe, like all tissue, changes with age. Less collagen and elasticity can allow the piercing to stretch and become larger. With elongated earring holes, the earlobes are prone to tearing and becoming deformed. To restore balanced earlobes, plastic surgery is needed to repair the stretched or torn tissue.
Earlobe Plastic Surgery
Torn earlobe repair can be performed as a quick, outpatient procedure with local anesthesia. Dr. Rueda will repair stretched or torn earlobes to restore smaller, balanced earlobes that match the size of the ear. Torn earlobes cannot simply be stitched back together; the skin must be opened to connect the torn tissue. The skin must then cover the earlobe once it is reformed. Dr. Rueda will use advanced techniques to reshape the earlobes and hide the incision scars to recreate beautiful new earlobes.
If you have a torn or stretched earlobe and you are worried you will not be able to wear your favorite earrings, plastic surgery may be the answer. Once the torn earlobe repair is completed and healed, most earlobes can be pierced again to adorn the ears with jewelry.
Torn earlobes are a common concern for many people, especially as ear piercings stretch with age. If you have a torn earlobe that needs repair, come see us at Precision Medical Specialists. We offer earlobe plastic surgery performed by one of West Palm Beach’s best plastic surgeons, Dr. Steven Rueda. Contact our facility in Wellington, FL, to schedule a consultation for earlobe plastic surgery.