I don't have lobes. I was sensitive about it when I was younger so I stretched them with gaged earrings to create the illusion that I had earlobes. Now I'm back to being lobeless.
I have attached lobes. I have a lobe, it just lacks the dangle & frankly I think they are really nice looking! I never even realized they were called attached until my mother mentioned the fact when I was in college. I don't know how it came up, but imagine my surprise that it was not the norm. I just thought everybody else had bigger earlobes than I so that they dangled.
I'm surprised that your earlobes retracted after being stretched like that, most people have to have plastic surgery to have them repaired.