A recent story reported by The Daily Mail caused quite a stir. At 21, Rebecca is scarred for life after wearing heavy bling earrings caused her ear lobe to tear and split.
The Daily Mail story reads:
It was her gold hooped ‘Chanel’ earrings that began to stretch her earlobes, often causing them to bleed but eager to maintain her image, she ignored the pain.
However the studs finally tore through the flesh and doctors were unable to stitch the flaps of skin together, telling her that expensive plastic surgery would be the only way to rectify the damage.
Rebecca said: ‘There were times when my earrings would sting or hurt and even bleed so I’d take them out for an hour or two and then put them back in again.
‘It was such a shock, I looked down at my pillow and there was my stud with the back still on.
‘I rushed to the mirror and saw my ear had split in half, I just thought well everyone was right it really did happen in the end.’
It’s a frightening story we hear often. Philidelphia Weekly journalist Marissa Oswald recently revealed in her column:
The tragic accident that changed my life: my ear lobe split in half after countless years of rendezvous-ing with big, hackin’ earrings.
If only it were countless years; Marissa is also far too young to want to spend her life looking disfigured. It’s not just heavy earrings that are common culprits. Young mums who like to wear large hoops or drop earrings seem to be particularly vulnerable as babies often see the movement in the earrings and reach and grab at it as if it were a mobile or toy teasing them to play.
So what can you do if it has happened to you or someone you know? There are some things that can be done for a split ear lobe:
- Get plastic surgery: it is expensive and your ear won’t ever regain it’s former glory but it will appear far more normal. You won’t be able to get it pierced again and there may be some scarring.
- Wear just one earring: at the risk of sounding like a pop song, it was acceptable in the 80s. There are certain styles that can be worn assymetrically like crosses or feathers. However Madonna grew out of it and there’s a good chance you will too, especially if you work in an office, so keep it as an extra option rather than your signature look.
- Start building a collection of clip on earrings
Even without surgery, many clip on earrings that use a paddle back style fastening can attach to the ear lobe comfortably, covering the split ear lobe and restoring dignity. If the tear is particularly deep, clip on earring slippers can be added to the paddles. These are gummy and increase the grip of the clip on earring. Here’s one fitted to a button clip on earring:
The good news doesn’t end there. It’s not just button clip on earrings that use a paddle back style fastening. In fact most of the really big clip on earrings we sell use this style of fastening as it has a lot of grip. All of the following clip on earrings use paddle back fastenings:
On top of this small selection from our large range of paddle back clip on earrings, you’ll also find a great variety of choice in button clip on earrings, pearl clip on earrings and within the Rodney Holman and Park Lane clip on earring collections. There’s plenty of choice from everyday through to dressy and you’ll find that we state the type of clip on earring fastening used in each earring design so that you can be certain when purchasing that it’s the right type for you.
Having a torn ear lobe doesn’t mean the end to your fashionable days. It marks the start of a new fashion adventure for you to embark on. This site exists solely to help women who cannot or will not wear pierced earrings feel every bit as beautiful as their pierced sisters. We’d love to help you feel beautiful and if you need style help or advice, our team will be very happy to help you narrow down the range to something that will make you feel amazing.