Heavy Earrings = “Eartox” Procedures

Split Ear Lobes after Piercing (Robert Kotler, M.D. Photo)

We are sure that Mother Nature invented ear lobes for a reason. But if you look around at young and older celebs while including ordinary women, along with a few men, you could conclude that ear lobes are there to support:


  • Heavy, dangling jewelry & heavy metal hoops
  • Expensive ear rings
  • Ear Studs
  • Large rings that require large holes in ear lobes



Lives there a person anywhere who does not know what a nose job is? Well, it seems we are now living in the age of the Lobe job.


For those who dress to the Nines — heavy earrings included – a gradual elongation of the lower ear often happens. Celebrity examples include:


  • Beyonce
  • Ivanka Trump
  • Kim Kardashian
  • Katy Perry


Fashionistas who opted for pierced ears on which hang chunky earrings have their own set of problems: As in the pictures above, the ear piercing often continues downward until it breaks through the bottom of the ear lobe and becomes a slit in the ear.


Ear lobes can also accidentally be torn like in the case of a dancing couple in which the gent’s moustache became painfully tangled in a large intricate earring.


Shocked and surprised, the man pulled rapidly away from his partner, but took the earring with him, causing a slit in the lady’s ear lobe.


In many other cases, an ear lobe does not tear but just becomes longer. Ear lobes will also naturally become droopy and draw attention to themselves as aging progresses.


But now, younger women in their 30s and 40s are going to cosmetic surgeons, complaining of pendulous ear lobes.


To cope, British and American cosmetic surgeons are using injectable facial fillers to re-plump sagging ear lobes. Surgeons say the procedure takes only a few minutes and is pain free, given topical pain killers.


Surgeons report ear lobes are shortened as well as plumped.


However, women with ear piercings that are torn through to the bottom of the lobe have a harder row to hoe.


In an office procedure, the surgeon first applies local anesthesia to the lobe.


Working under extreme magnification, the doctor removes the ear-piercing tract and trims the edges of the torn section. The surgeon then closes the outer layer of skin, the fatty tissue between the two layers of ear skin and finally the skin in back of the earlobe.


However, such a repair requires skill, experience and patience.


Two months after the Lobe Job, the earlobe can again be pierced for earrings or studs.


Read more about our ear surgery for protruding ears.


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