Restoring your look to damaged earlobes
A split or torn earlobe is a common aesthetic deformity of the ear. However, it can be easily repaired in a simple, straightforward procedure. Your earlobes may be stretched or torn by earrings, improper piercing, dog bite, gauging or any one of many other causes of rips, tears or stretching in the area.
If you are unhappy with the appearance and symmetry of your earlobes, our board-certified facial plastic surgeons can help you achieve the look you’ll love.
What is earlobe repair?
Earlobe repair surgery is a minor reconstructive procedure that restores the appearance of the lobe by cutting the unwanted portion of the torn earlobe away, and stitching the fresh edges together. After the procedure, you have a natural-looking earlobe with only a small scar.
How is the earlobe repair surgery done?
Earlobe repair surgery can be performed in our clinic while you’re comfortably under local anesthesia. The surgeon will cut away the healed skin on the inside of the torn earlobe. The fresh edges are then stitched back together using very fine sutures. Earlobe repair is a short procedure that takes between 10–15 minutes, depending on the severity of the split.
What is the recovery like for earlobe repair?
The recovery from an earlobe repair surgery is relatively short. After the procedure, you may return home immediately and resume your normal activities. An over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol may be recommended for pain. You should apply the prescribed antibiotic ointment to the incisions to prevent infection. Typically, the stitches are removed in five to seven days, after swelling is reduced, unless dissolvable sutures are used. A few weeks later, healing should be complete. You can re-pierce your earlobes a few months after the procedure, if you wish.
If you would like to learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today to make an appointment.