It is possible to enlarge previously stretched lobe piercings through scalpelling. This procedure is usually carried out when:
- Further stretching to the area, could possibly cause the tissue to snap, due to thinning in the area.
- There are 2 stretched piercings in close proximity and neither can be stretched further, so both are cut into one large piercing.
- Scar tissue prevents further stretching.
- A large gauge hole is wanted instantly.
The procedure is fairly quick and pain free, with only minor discomfort felt throughout,. It is normal for the tissue once scalpelled to be slightly bruised, swollen and tender to touch for the first week. The tissue can bleed intermittently over the next few days and by applying gentle pressure will clot fairly promptly. Care should be taken not to pick or pull the clots/scabs off as this will cause the area to start bleeding again and possibly cause damage to the freshly cut tissue.