Kelly Ripa got plastic surgery to fix her earlobes after wearing too-heavy earrings


As I’ve said, I find it refreshing when a celebrity admits to plastic surgery. It makes them somewhat more relatable. So prepare to find Kelly Ripa totally relatable. Okay, her admission won’t relate to hardly anybody, but at least she admitted to having work done… on her earlobes. *Sigh* well, it’s a start, I guess.

So here’s the story: Kelly and Ryan Seacrest were chatting with Scarlet Johansson during a break on their show, and Kelly started counting ScarJo’s multiple ear piercings. She has about nine in one ear, I had no idea. To ScarJo’s credit she uses small hoops, which isn’t overpowering and look kind of cool. Kelly was interested in ScarJo’s piercings because she can no longer wear earrings in her original holes. And that’s when Kelly admitted to going under the knife. Well, needle and thread, actually:

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Kelly blamed her hole-fragility on self-piercing and heavy earrings. She told ScarJo that she’s had to stitch her earlobe up “many times” because they are so fragile. She said she currently has about three piercings on each ear, but when Ryan asked her if she every wears earrings in them, Kelly said “never,” because I guess the whole lobe is the consistency of tissue paper at this point. That’s when Kelly admitted she’d pierced her own ears, repeatedly, because, “that’s how we did it in the 80s.” You know, she’s not wrong. My initial ear-piercings were done in a store, but I put three more holes in my right ear myself. I even pierced some of my friends ears, what was I thinking? Ryan asked Kelly if the holes ever got infected and she responded, “all the time!” Yup. I bought hydrogen peroxide in bulk. And it wasn’t just my impaling my ear with whatever pointy object was within reach, I wore the cheapest earrings made of God-knows-what. And like Kelly, I thought the ice made it worse so I never used it. Why the hell were we all mutilating our ears? I feel like I owe my lobes amends for my mistreatment. What do you think, a pair of diamond earrings? That should make it up to them, right? My husband will completely understand this logic, I’m sure.

But my earlobes never tore, even the ones I did. I did only wear small studs in those holes so maybe that’s why. I’ve heard of earlobes stretching and know of one case of a hole tearing all the way through. Stitching it up sounds painful. However, Kelly very clearly does still wear earrings. Maybe she can only wear certain pairs? Like, nothing heavier than a small drop. And the placement of the earring in the linked shots does look a little farther away from her face than earrings usually are, probably the only viable real estate left on her lobe.

As for the rest of the work Kelly’s had done, she admitted to having Botox in the past, including one unfortunate injection that left her unable to smile for months. However, she maintains she hasn’t had any other procedures. She said she’s never considered breast augmentation, because she prefers her smaller chest. Last year, a fan called her out on an IG throwback pic, accusing Kelly of getting a nose job. Kelly responded to them by saying, “Same nose. Good side, bad side plus makeup.” When another commenter accused her of the same work, Kelly reiterated that she never had her nose done and did not have veneers, and she had the retainer to prove it, a fact her husband, Mark Consuelos, backed her up on. I’ve posted the photo below so you can decide for yourself. It looks shaved to me, but makeup can do wonders. So can Mark. If he’s in the shot, I’m not looking at anything else so sure, I agree with whatever the other objects in the photo say.


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  1. Erinn says:

    Just crawling out of my hole of depression and future unemployment to say:

    Ouuuuu I’ve considered this. I got a hoop earring caught in a hairbrush as a kid and tore my earlobe a bit, but not the whole way. I only ever wear dangly earrings (light ones) because they’re the least noticeable when I do wear any. I assume they’d have to cut and stitch my earlobe back up, though, so I have never pulled the trigger on it. I’d love to wear cute studs, but I don’t think I’m particularly interested in having to make it worse before it gets better.

    • Roserose says:

      Hugs. I hope The Good Thing Round The Corner turns up soon. Someone I know called her redundancy a painful opportunity. I hope that phrase is some help to you x

    • LindaS says:

      @Erinn I missed seeing you posting lately. As a fellow Canadian, and in awe of beautiful Nova Scotia, I hope you arent really unemployed. I often disagree with you but hope the best for you.

    • Spicecake38 says:

      Sorry Erin regarding any future unemployment,I don’t think there is ever a good time but holidays seasonwould be awfully hard to face that kind of hardship.We have been there and made it through, best wishes my friend!

      About earlobes- my nursing background was strongly focused on plastic and reconstructive surgery (I’m out of it now ) it’s really rather simple to have earlobe repair,and it happens all the time,especially moms of babies who have yanked out the earring.Earlobes are very stretchy and can tolerate some work,but as many times as Kelly-IDK.

    • Jaded says:

      Hugs from Vancouver Island Erinn – let us know how you’re doing and hope you’re back in the saddle soon!

    • Anh says:

      It’s nice to see your name and avatar pop up. It was only when it popped up that i realised i hadn’t seen it in a while. I have been there with redundancy and major depression. I hope you can feel the support here and that it uplifts you. Sending you my favourite emoji to receive from friends when i am down and they are not with me in person 🤗

    • Alice says:

      Hugs from the Valley. Hope you’re doing alright – particularly this time of the year!

  2. Joanna says:

    Mark is sooo good looking. Looks to me like she’s had a nose job.

  3. runcmc says:

    I’ve considered getting that done!! I wore super heavy earrings in my 20s and now in my 30s I can no longer wear earrings besides a stud (when I wear hoops, my stretched/torn earlobes look really obvious!)

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      A friend I play Mahjong with just had that done. She wore very heavy earrings for decades and her piercing just elongated to the point where earrings would fall out. She went to a plastic surgeon who stitched her lobes up. After 10 wks. she could get them re-pierced. She swore she would only wear studs afterwards lol

  4. curachel20 says:

    I think she’s being honest about her nose. I follow a few women on IG and comparing pics of them from college(before contouring was a thing) and now with their makeup on…you would swear they’ve had a nose job. Contouring is seriously magic! If only I could do makeup 😂

    • SamC says:

      I agree; she posts makeup free pics now and again and seems like her original nose.

    • Erin says:

      I think she is too, and honestly in the older pic her nose looks pretty perfect anyways and I can’t imagine messing with that. Contouring goes a LONG way and her nose just looks contoured to me. She’s so likeable that it’s pretty easy to believe her.

    • Spicecake38 says:

      Yeah, I don’t really follow her except on here,but I believe her.My face has changed so much since my younger years-lost all the puppy fat in my late twenties and the way makeup and contouring and highlighting can change your look is pretty amazing.
      That said she does look like she’s done something but ,I think she would have blabbed about it if she did…?

  5. C-Shell says:

    I did this some years ago, and I’m so glad I did. My aunt (an RN) pierced the ears of all the girls in my family and, because she’s right handed, the right ears on everybody were a little askew LOL. Anyway, like Kelly, my earlobes are pretty delicate and over the years the piercing holes stretched so that no matter what earrings I wore, they looked like they were going to fall off the end. So, the plastic surgeon cut the existing holes and stitched them back up. It was fast and pretty painless. I had to wait quite a while before repiercing, but I went to a pro and have been really happy since.

  6. Clsarah says:

    I’ve looked at it 20 times and I *think* it’s contouring. I have a crooked nose that looks completely different depending on which side of my face is photographed. I’ve also learned to use contouring to make it appear straighter when viewed head-on and to make my bridge look narrower. It’s amazing how different some shading can cause things to look.

  7. KinChicago says:

    I seem to remember seeing stickers, literally stickers that you use on the back of your earlobe to anchor/reinforce the back of heavy earrings. Simply can’t remember what they were called or how to search online to buy them.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      You can also use larger backings. When I got my diamond studs, the backings that came with them (1.5 ct each) were woefully small. Made the earrings droop forward and “hang”. I asked for bigger backs. The ones I was given was about the circumference of the stud. Now, they stay where they’re supposed to, no “droop” down/pulling on my ear. I forget I have them in.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        Yes these-I buy from a local jeweler who sells these backs for like 5 bucks a pair-well worth it!

      • liz says:

        I use larger earring backs on a pair of very heavy jade earrings that I have. I think they were sold by a company that makes hypoallergenic earrings – Blomdahl USA.

        My grandmother always wore big, heavy earrings and they clearly pulled on her earlobes. By the time she was in her 60s, her earlobes were really stretched out. My mother hated the way that looked, so she only ever wears small studs.

        I have also seen ear wires that will support the massive earrings you see on red carpets – it looks like a wire that curls around the upper ear to take the weight off the earlobe.

    • Chante Brown says:

      They are called “Lobe Wonder” and they REALLY work! I had my ears pierced at a young age by someone who did a skewed job. Combine that with years of wearing long (not necessarily heavy) earrings that I’m too lazy to take out before bed, AND I sleep predominantly on one side, I now have one very stretched out lobe, while the other looks normal. The Lobe Wonder patches are strong holding, comfortable and invisible, and allow me to wear all types of earrings, lifting them up and significantly reducing the appearance of the stretched lobe. They’re great!

  8. JennyJenny says:

    I ripped through an ear lobe well brushing my hair and catching the earring. Ouch ~

    The plastic surgeon sliced the two pieces and stitched them back together. I was so happy to have it done, because I was really tired of finding clip on earrings that I liked!

  9. Veronica S. says:

    Honestly, as long as the needle is sharp and properly sterilized, a home piercing isn’t too different than what you’d get in a professional parlor. The ones you get at places like Claire’s are way worse because of how those guns work. I had to let my first set close because of a nickel sensitivity, and I’m considering getting them professional repierced to clean up the holes and reset them.

    The big earrings are a problem, though. I definitely use smaller, lighter hoops or diamonds. Everything has to be stainless steel or precious metals, though. I can’t wear anything cheap or my ears become inflamed.

  10. usedtobe says:

    My mom had this done in the mid-90’s after all the big heavy earrings of the 80’s. For years she just wore earrings in a second hold but ended up getting it done. It was more reconstructive than plastic surgery though…

  11. Malachite says:

    My SIL got her ears pierced by a friend in a bowling alley bathroom in the ’80s.

    In the ’90s as a teen I would wear safety pins in my ears; I always sterilized them first….hm, they did look cool maybe I will see if I think they still do today!

    Oh, and as a baby I apparently ripped one of my sister’s earrings out and tore her ear 🙁

    • Tiffany :) says:

      In 7th grade a friend begged me to pierce her ears in her bathroom. I think it was a dull needle, because I pushed and pushed but could not get the needle all of the way through her ear. It was traumatizing! I didn’t want to do it, and felt terrible when it wasn’t over quickly. Eew.

  12. grumpyterrier says:

    Yeah, looks like the same nose. She just puts a bunch of light brown shadow on either side of her nose now.

    • Granger says:

      Yeah, and I think the fact that her face is thinner now that she’s older and doesn’t have any “baby fat” makes her nose look thinner too, with the contouring makeup.

  13. BeanieBean says:

    I had the holes in my ears closed after struggling with pierced ears for about five years. Turns out, I’m allergic to nickel (the part actually through your ear & the backing are frequently the cheaper metal) and neomycin (active ingredient in Neosporin that I was told to use). Never went back. My poor ears suffered enough.

    • Mo says:

      I got those earring backs with big plastic discs and I haven’t had any problems since. My ears get infected from cheap earrings all the time, and it keeps happening with more and more expensive ones! Keeping Neosporin in business! BTW, it makes a very good cuticle cream if your cuticles get red and raggedy. I always keep a tube to switch over to if that happens. Always smile and think of the ex who said his boundaries were “anything, as long as it doesn’t require Neosporin afterwards.”

  14. Tiffany :) says:

    When I was a kid in the 80s/90s, I wore big earrings all of the time…even to softball practice (so stupid, I know!). “Dangly” earrings were my favorite. My collection was vast. The good thing is that they were big, but light (so much plastic!), so my ear lobes are fine now. I still have many of my favorite earrings.

  15. Riley says:

    I had this done too and it’s the best money I ever spent. They were unsightly and I felt like I could never wear my hair up