James Bradley
Earlobe repair is not easy

My son has those large holes in his ears that are so popular now. He wants to "close them up." Is a surgical procedure required? What needs to be done? K.G. Yorba Linda Simple slits in the earlobe -- those that occur from wearing loop earrings for many years, or when an earring has caught on something and ripped the lobe -- can be easily repaired by making an incision at the site and stitching the area closed, says Dr. James Bradley, chief of pediatric plastic surgery and associate professor of plastic surgery at UCLA. But reconstructing an earlobe that has been deliberately expanded to accommodate a large disc isn't nearly as simple. These holes typically start small,...