Earlobes can tear from a trauma that pulls an earring through the earlobe or from heavy earrings slowly stretching the lobe over time. Some patients deliberately stretched their earlobes out with increasing gauges of plugs or tunnels, and now the patient wishes to have the earlobes restored to their previous appearance. Either way, the earlobe can be repaired with a short procedure done in the clinic under local anesthesia.
Dr. Rodman numbs the area with local anesthetic, and repairs the lobe using delicate surgical instruments and stitches. For patients who have significantly stretched lobes, some tissue may need to be removed and rotated to recreate a natural appearance. Patients can resume normal activities after two days. The sutures are removed at one week. The procedure takes less than an hour and patients have little discomfort afterwards.