The earlobe is a surprisingly frequent area of concern for many patients. Earrings can result in a keloid (overgrown scar) formation in certain susceptible individuals, especially those who are darker-skinned. Keloids can be cared for in a variety of ways. Click here for a review on keloids and their treatment.
A split earlobe is not uncommon in individuals who have a history of wearing heavy earrings, or in those who have endured a traumatic injury. As the name suggests, the trauma results in a full tear of the earlobe. The procedure to repair the elongated earlobe hole can be done in the office under local anesthesia. While it may be approximately 3 months before you can wear an earring again, the risk of further damaging the earlobe as well as the overall aesthetic result is improved.
Earlobe gauging is a form of piercing which stretches the earlobe. At times, individuals choose to remove the gauge, and the earlobe does not return to its natural shape on its own and is instead left with a residual large defect with loose earlobe skin. To correct the deformity, a procedure can be performed, usually in the office-based setting, though occasionally a more extensive procedure may be required. The end-result is a return to a more natural earlobe contour.