Split earlobe? Enlarging pierced ear hole? You can fix it!

Stretched ear piercing.
Stretched ear piercing.

Have your earlobes split?  Or is your pierced ear hole enlarging and you don’t like it?  Or did you purposefully stretch our your ear hole and now regret it?  Not to worry, you can get these issues fixed.

Earlobes can split if you’ve worn heavy earrings for a while, if someone pulls on an earring (ouch!), or if you’ve had an infection or rash around this earring area.  Big earring holes can happen with time from the weight of the earring or with trauma to the area.  If you opted for a larger gauge ear piercing in the past or purposefully stretched out your ear piercing with tunnels or plugs, this can be reversed as well.

So what can you do to fix a split earlobe or enlarged piercing hole?

Arrange for a consultation with a plastic surgeon or dermatologic surgeon who performs earlobe repairs.  These procedures are usually done under local anesthesia and you can go home afterwards.  The surgeon will fix the split earlobe or wide ear hole, cutting out a small part of skin that is affected and reassembling.  You will likely have small stitches after the procedure.  After the repair is completely healed, you can choose whether you want to re-pierce your ears.

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  4. Hi,
    I have a question for you- I just noticed tonight that the earrings my 5 yr old daughter has been wearing must have gotten caught on her clothes or something recently bc her earring whole was pulled down very close to the bottom of her earlobe! Help! What should I do?? I took the earrings out and put antiseptic cleanser on them. The tear looks fairly fresh. I asked her if something “hurt” her ears recently and she doesn’t remember anything…
    I don’t want her to have elongated piercings 🙁 help!

    1. Hi Leslie: Sorry to hear about this. Fortunately your daughter does not seem to be in pain. Have her ears checked out by a physician to see what the extent of the enlargement/tear is and whether it would be best to have the enlarged hole fixed via a procedure. The physician can also make sure that the wounded area looks clean and shows no sign of infection. Hope this helps!

  5. Hi, whilst stretching my ear lobes I split one slightly its not a huge split its microscopic size but it is sore, ive used some sterile fluids on it today im praying thats keeps infection at bay, is there anything else I need to do?

    1. Hi Cassy! If there’s concern for infection you will need to see a health professional because you may need antibiotics to treat the infection.

  6. My two year old daughter is going for a consultation on her one split earlobe from earrings. I have Blue Cross/ Blue Shield? Do you think they will cover it??

    1. There are so many different insurance plans with different coverage. I would suggest giving the insurance company a ring to ask whether the procedure is covered. Better to know before your daughter has the procedure done!

  7. How long does it take for your ear to heal after a ripped earlobe. Ik I am supposed to put salt water on it… But what else should I do

  8. I’m in my teens and recently have been getting a lot of comments on my right earlobe. I got my ears pierced a several years ago and only about a year later my lovely brother yanked on one of my earrings and stretched it waaaay out. One hole looks fine and normal but the other is like way stretched down to the very bottom of my lobe. Now when I wear studs or post one looks like its about to fall off, hanging down way low only staying in by a tiny little hair of skin. It looks bad enough wearing posts so you know it looks extremely bad wearing dangle earrings. I am extremely self counscious about this and it’s annoying, I’m constantly loosing earrings and having people give me weird stares or freak out at the extremely stretched out hole. I’m so tired of this and I want something done but I am just a teen so Im wary of sergery or anything like that. Any suggestions to how to fix this would be muuuuch appericiated.

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