Earring holes can be closed up with a simple plastic surgery procedure. The procedure is performed in-office and works to safely pare the tissue back together. Earring holes can also be closed naturally by removing pierced ear studs within the first four weeks of the piercing procedure.Know More
While the common belief is that earring holes will naturally close up if earrings are removed for months or years, the reality is that once the holes have healed after an initial piercing, they are permanent. It is possible for a thin layer of cartilage to grow into the earring hole due to the cartilage shrinking up, but it can easily be punctured and re-opened with a needle or earring.
For individuals with gauged earlobes, chances of the holes shrinking down until they go unnoticed are slim to none. This is due to the fact that the holes are much larger and stretched out due to the plugs and rings that are worn in the holes. Gauged earlobes can be repaired with reconstructive surgery. This procedure is more detailed than a simple hole-paring and requires general anesthesia. The reconstructive process works by removing the stretched skin of the earlobe and re-shaping the earring hole.Learn more about Piercing
To remove an earring with a ball, called a Captive Bead Ring, wrap a pair of needle-nose pliers in electrical tape, place the end of the pliers into the middle of the ring, and slowly pry it open. Catch the ball, and carefully rotate ring until the gap is in the right position to pull away from your skin. This process only takes a couple of minutes and requires pliers and tape.Full Answer >
To remove a stuck earring back, called a clutch, wash hands with antibacterial soap, and then rub a small amount of petroleum jelly on the backside of the earring. Once it's lubricated, firmly hold the front of the earring in place, and gently turn the clutch to loosen it.Full Answer >
A man wears an earring in whichever ear he pleases. At one point in American history, there was supposedly an encoded message about sexuality contained a man's choice of the left or right side, but today, having an earring on either side means only that you have a hole in your ear.Full Answer >
According to Dr. Gutti J. Rao of Healthtap, ear lobes with large holes do not completely close. With newly pierced ear lobes, however, a stud should be worn for 3 to 6 months to avoid closure.Full Answer >