Why Do Some People's Ear Piercings Stretch and Others' Don't?

Statement earrings may be to blame.

Q: Why do some people's ear piercings stretch and others' don't?

Oz says: Blame what's in your jewelry box and your earlobe type—both contribute. Heavy earrings are the most common culprit and can create tears in the tissue over time, says dermatologist Lindsey A. Bordone, M.D., of Columbia University Medical Center.

If you swear your normal-size baubles are giving you trouble, you might have a lower level of elastin or collagen in your earlobe skin, she says. (But don't worry, that doesn't mean anything about your overall skin or health.)

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A tear can be repaired. Go to a cosmetic surgeon for this tricky job, which requires lining up the tissue perfectly and sewing the hole shut. You can have your ear re-pierced in six to 12 months; just know that the hole must land in a slightly different place—it can't be on scar tissue or it could droop and tear again.

This story originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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