From Dr. Lampert:
Ear Lobe Reconstruction Double Bifid: This 27 year old lady had large hoop earrings tear through her right ear lobe. Here she is 8 months post op. Normally I allow re- piercing by 2 months, but her scars took time to soften and we waited longer. It is very easy to block the ear lobe with local anesthesia, and it is virtually painless.X
* Individual results may vary.