Split earlobe repair and stretched earlobe repair are forms of reconstructive plastic surgery designed to correct split, ripped, torn, drooping or stretched earlobes. They are one of the most common forms of plastic surgery.
Sometimes people are born with overly large or deformed earlobes. However, more often, their earlobes may have become damaged as a result of:
- wearing very large or heavy earrings
- trauma or injury to the earlobe (for example during sport or as a result of an earring getting pulled or caught)
- gauging, which is the process of inserting progressively larger and larger piercings in order to create a large hole in the earlobe. This requires stretched earlobe repair surgery.