I've Split my Stretched Ear in Half and Want It Reconnected (photo)

Basically I had a stretched ear and it was fine until I had an accident which tore all the fatty tissue inside of my stretched lobe but I was wondering could it be reconnected then re stretched? I know that would not be recommended but I still like them. Thank you.

Doctor Answers 15

Split earlobe repair

Thanks for asking. Earlobes requiring repair can be from a variety of reasons. For example, a torn earlobe from a pulled earring, gauged earlobes that are now unwanted, facelift surgery causing pulled earlobes, or just simply elongated from older age.

Because of the variety of different causes, earlobe repair may vary in complexity. Prices will vary accordingly. and also vary depending on the region of the country you are in and the surgeon's expertise.

Typically to correct a split earlobe, a portion from each side of the split lobe will be removed and then carefully sutured together. I have some special techniques that I employ to minimize scarring and notching that can be seen if not reconstructed properly.

This repair can be performed comfortably under local anesthesia and earlobes can be re-pierced 6 weeks later if desired. Consult with an experienced board certified facial plastic / plastic surgeon in you area.

Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Torn earlobe in half after stretching

This happens all the time.  Holes can stretch over time, or are stretched after trauma, (kids pulling on earrings). We repair these holes often under local anesthesia in the office. I would not reccommend re stretching.  Give your local facial plastic surgeon or board certified plastic surgeon a call.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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It is possible to reconnect and then restretch

You have 2 main options.  The cut end can be reattached and then once healed you can try to stretch it out again. This should be done slowly after it heals for at least 6 weeks. Worst case scenario is that it tears again.  Also you can have the ear completely repaired and start from the beginning.

Dev Wali, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Stretched ear lobe

You have a torn earlobe. This can be reconstructed with a simple office procedure. I do not recommend restretching this repair.

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Earlobe repair

Repairing earlobes is a very common procedure.  Most people have them repaired after the hole from piercing has stretched down and turned into a slit, or sometimes, even torn through.  Earlobes can also be repaired after stretching.  Usually, the remaining piece can be reattached and I generally advise leaving it alone for at least 2 months.  I would not recommend stretching it again, as the repaired tissue will be weaker than normal.  You could just place a smaller circle in it to fill it, without stretching it more. 

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Repair of torn earlobe

This can be safely corrected under local anesthesia by a board certified plastic surgeon in the office.   I would recommend that you not repierce for 2-3 months to ensure proper healing.

Paul S. Gill, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

Torn Earlobe Repair

Stretched  and torn earlobes can be reconstructed under local anesthesia by a board certified plastic surgeon. Re-stretching it is only asking for complications and this is not recommended.. It is important to re-approximate the curved earlobe precisely to avoid step off or other visible deformity. Re-piercing is probably best delayed a few months if the new piercing site is that all close to the closed site.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Repair of Stretched Earlobe

Your torn earlobe can certainly be repaired by a board certified plastic surgeon with experience with earlobe repair and reconstruction.   When a stretched earlobe tears, your options include either completely reconstructing the earlobe to remove the stretched tissue OR  revision of the stretched earlobe rim.


Since you definitely want to keep your stretched earlobe, your surgeon will likely need to remove the most thinned and stretched portions of the rim of tissue so that the rim can be repaired using the healthiest, strongest tissue remaining.  This will result in preserving your stretched earlobe, but the hole will be slightly smaller than it was.


At 3 months, you may replace your ear jewelery (but remember that your hole diameter will have decreased a bit).  I have advised that my patients wait at least 6 months before starting to re-stretch the earlobe, and that you stretch slowly and with caution, as your scar will never be quite as strong as the healthy, normal tissue.


All the best,

Dr. Skourtis

Mia E. Skourtis, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
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Repair of split earlobe

The earlobe split can be repaired under local anesthesia in the office.  Repeatedly re-stretching it carries a high risk that this problem will occur again, as the scar never reagins more than 85% strength of original skin.

Michel C. Samson, MD
Daytona Beach Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Repair of split earlobe

The simple answer to your question is yes. It can be repaired. The repair can be done in office under local anesthesia. Stretching it even after few months from repair carries the risk of re rupture, however.

Moneer Jaibaji, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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