Any body piercing, including an ear lobe piercing, can have undesirable outcomes—both medical and cosmetic. For example, patients sometimes suffer from an earring being ripped from their ear lobe. Sometimes a piercing hole will elongate over time and not satisfy a patient’s cosmetic and functional needs. Derick Dermatology has experience assessing ear lobe problems and can suggest minor surgical treatment. One desirable outcome would be for the ear lobe to be surgically repaired, allowed to heal, and then be capable of receiving a new piercing in the future. Note: Ear lobe repair may not be covered by medical insurance.