Hi, I had this earlobe allergy because of fantasy jewelry, my earlobe got really swollen and I notice after 3 days that it know looks stretched and longer, I scratched the earlobe because of the itchiness. Can the earlobe get smaller with time? My friend says that if don't put on any earrings for the next couple months the earlobes will get smaller, is that true? If so, why? Will it stay stretched forever? Thank you.
My Earlobes Are Stretched?
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Earlobe swollen after 3 days
This should resolve. I would be careful putting in earrings so as to not traumatize them. Don't worry if they don't go down you can get them reduced. But I wouldn't do this until waiting at least 6 months when most of the healing (80%) is done. Below is a video to illustrate our answer better. We have other informative videos and information on our website and a link is included to help you find us.
Earlobe stretching reaction to jewelry
Treatment of Stretched Earlobes
Stretched earlobes will not usually return to their normal size and shape.
I won't hurt to give them a "rest" for a few months and see if they do return to an acceptable appearance for you.
If not, the repair and reshaping of the earlobe can be done as an office procedure under local anesthesia.
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Ear Lobe stretching
Based on your history I think is most likely that the ear lobe skin will “bounce back” in a few months to a year. If not, seek consultation with a well trained board-certified plastic surgeon for advice.
Most likely if you just had an allergic reaction and swelling and didn't cause the earring hole to actually split with pulling and/or itching, it will resolve over time. If it doesn't, a split or stretched earring hole can be repaired in the office. If you are worried about the actual size of your lobe, small surgical procedures under local anesthesia can be performed to reduce the size of the earlobe. Avoid those earrings (and all earrings until the swelling goes away), and see what happens over the next couple months!
A stretched out earlobe may get smaller with time, but probably not. I would recommend waiting at least 3 months, but if you are not happy with the appearance of the lobe at that time you should consider seeing a board certified plastic or facial plastic surgeon to address the issue. Hope this helps.
Is earlobe stretching permanent?
If the earlobe was only recently stretched, it is possible that leaving it alone will allow it to reduce in size, perhaps to about the size it was before. The longer it was held stretched, the more likely the stretching will be permanent.
We often stretch tissue surgically to enlarge it, and the stretching done that way can last. However, even after many weeks, if tension is removed, at least some of the enlargement from stretching may reverse.
Your best bet is probably to leave it alone for a while. After a couple of months, you will probably know if the stretching is permanent or not.
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