Piercing an earlobe increases the risk of tearing or stretching. Regardless of their size and shape, earrings not only exert pressure on the soft fatty tissue of the ear lobe, but they can also get tangled with clothing or seized by a child and ripped out. Tears from a tiny piercing hole can be immediately repaired. If the tear results from the gradual enlarging of the ear hole until the tiny piece of tissue at the bottom of the lobe is worn through, repair can be made after the wound has healed. Earlobe repair restores the delicate earlobe to its former shape. After the procedure, the head should be elevated during sleep, and sleeping on one's side should be avoided. Patients may experience some numbness and mild swelling and/or discomfort at the incision site, but this is normal and will subside with time. Pain at the incision site is usually minimal, and it can be controlled with medication if necessary. The procedure is done under local anesthesia at our out-patient clinic. Sutures are removed after four to five days.