Those who have pierced ears have, at least once, experienced that surge of horror-fueled adrenaline when the earring gets caught on something. Unfortunately, sometimes you can’t always stop what’s happening, and out goes the earring, right through your earlobe. While it is possible to wear earrings after you get your lobe repaired, they have to be the right kinds of earrings.
Earrings can be torn out of your ear when you catch them on something, such as your clothing, phone cords or fingers. They also come out in fights or when those curious kids want to clutch something shiny. The weight alone of heavy earrings can drag down the lobe and eventually pull through the skin. Even small stud earrings aren’t immune from this; one wrong move while brushing your hair, and the bristles can grab onto one side of the earring.
If you aren’t going to get your earlobe repaired, you could have a tough time wearing earrings in that lobe again. Clip-ons won’t have a wide surface to grab onto, unless you have particularly large earlobes, and piercing the lobe next to the split could draw attention to your forked earlobe. You could pierce another section of your ear, but it will look lopsided if you don’t do the same for your other ear. Another option is to switch to ear cuffs.
If you do opt to get the lobe repaired, don’t wear any earring on the lobe for at least a month. Some plastic surgeons allow you to wear clip-on earrings shortly after surgery, but not every surgeon is going to have the same opinion. If the surgeon does approve, pick lightweight clip-ons that don’t have elements that could catch yet again. Test those clip-ons out before assuming you can wear them all day. Clip-on earrings are meant to stay on, so they are tight and could be painful.
Yes, it is possible to get your ears repierced after you get them fixed, but that scar tissue is not a sign of super-strong earlobe tissue. Recommendations run from waiting a couple of months to a whole year. Chances are you won’t be able to keep your original earring hole, and will have to pierce the lobe to the side of the scar. A 2004 review in the journal “Facial Plastic Surgery” found most surgeons prefer to close the entire gap. As with clip-ons, go for light, short earrings that don’t drag the lobe down, and avoid loops and anything that can catch. Finally, always take the earrings out when brushing your hair or if you find yourself around children. Showing off those earrings won’t do you any good if you just tear them out again.