It's common for people who wear earrings to experience torn earlobes. Through injury, such as an earring getting caught on clothing, or by the usage of heavy earrings, earlobes tear, leaving behind a split earlobe. Many times the earlobe split is complete while other times the earlobe is torn but does not split completely. Over the years, Dr. Mitchell has repaired numerous earlobes to a restored state. More intense ear lobe repair involves the reconstruction of gauged or stretched ear lobes. It has become trendy to wear pierced earrings fashioned with thick, decorative posts and rings. Ear gauging is the gradual stretching of the ear lobe. There comes a point in the ear gauging process where once the wide earring is removed, the hole left behind will not shrink to an acceptable state. In these cases, earlobe reconstruction is an excellent option.