Fixing a Torn Earlobe

Written by Charlotte Wood (last updated November 2, 2016)

Who knew that when I was eight I put the well being of my earlobe in jeopardy? No one told me on my birthday when the man with the ear gun put holes in my ears that one day I might need surgery, that one day my earlobe could tear, rip apart. Not a subject to be taken lightly, torn earlobes are easy to get and painful to repair. Apart from the fact that you might have to get surgery to fix your earlobe, a torn earlobe might make you feel kind of silly. The sound of "earlobe surgery" without a doubt induces a chuckle. What's the best way to fix an earlobe? You prevent the need for fixing in the first place.

One of the causes of torn earlobes is the widening of the pierced hole over time as it holds earrings. The weight can eventually build up to the point where it can tear just like that. Torn earlobes are probably more common than we initially think. When your earlobe is torn, it will probably require surgery to repair the torn tissue. It involves using a local anesthesia and reopening the wound to sew the lobe back together. Salve needs to be applied periodically and you will probably have to get your ears re-pierced (if you dare). The stitches from your earlobe cannot be removed until one to two weeks after the surgery, meaning one to two weeks of enduring potential mocking courtesy of your sutured lobes. Sometimes the deformation of the lobe is so severe that the doctors have to create a new smaller ear, resulting in odd proportions on your face.

The best way to fix a torn earlobe I believe is not to get it torn at all. (I mean, who knows how costly this lobe reconstruction could be?). It's fine to wear heavier, more weighted earrings every once in a while, but you probably shouldn't wear them everywhere all the time. Another tip: don't wear big earrings to bed or in the shower or while doing your hair in the morning. One wrong move with the round brush and it's a blood bath baby. Lifestyle should also be considered when selecting what earrings to wear. If you have a two-year-old, I'd suggest shelving the 2-1/2 inch hoops for a few more years. All it takes is one yank from a toddler who didn't get that cookie . . . When it comes to earlobes my friends, prevention is the golden ticket. Think of the pain (both physically and emotionally), the embarrassment, and the disproportionate ear. Take the necessary preventative measures to secure your long term, earring-wearing happiness.

Fallout from a torn earlobe:

  • A bloody ear
  • Making an appointment for an earlobe consultation
  • Sutured lobes
  • Disproportionate ears (after the reconstruction of course)
  • Potential embarrassment of having to check yourself in for an earlobe surgery
  • Potential mocking from loved ones and strangers alike

Author Bio

Charlotte Wood


Picking Eyeglasses to Flatter Your Face

Now that you're out of the second grade, you need not be "four eyes," but can use your second set to highlight your ...

Discover More

Are High Heels for You?

High heels can be a great fashion addition and can really add sophistication to any outfit, but you may not really like ...

Discover More

Creating a Healthy Glow

If you want to know how to create that healthy glow you read about in the celebrity magazines, here's where you can ...

Discover More
More Beauty Tips

Repairing Torn Earlobes

Large heavy earrings pull and stretch your earring hole. Eventually the earring can rip through the ear lobe leaving an ...

Discover More

Earwax Removal

Heavy earwax buildup is not only an annoyance, it can cause hearing loss and eardrum damage. While there are several home ...

Discover More

Repairing Expanded Earlobes

Earlobes can expand from wearing heavy earrings or from stretching them out intentionally by gouging the ear. ...

Discover More

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is seven more than 6?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)