Earlobe Repair

If the earlobe is damaged through trauma or surgery, then the defect can be fixed using an ear lobe repair.  The defect is commonly referred to as a split earlobe. Most commonly, we see patients who have earlobes that are stretched and torn following earring use.

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Duration 30-45 minutes
Anaesthesia Local Anaesthetic
Hospital Stay No overnight stay
Recovery 1-2 days
Addresses Split, torn or stretched earlobes

Is this right for me?

If your ear lobes are torn or stretched then this surgery will benefit you.

What does this involve?

Repairing a split earlobe is a relatively straightforward, uncomplicated and effective procedure. You will have a local anaesthetic. There are few risks or complications with this surgery. Your surgeon will carefully plan and design how to repair your ear and discuss all this with you; such planning is crucial to reach the optimal shape and size of the earlobe. The scars can be placed in hidden areas away from view and in a way that gives strength to the earlobe for future re-piercing.

Frequently asked questions

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You are able to go home the same day. There is very little discomfort following this surgery. Any discomfort is generally relieved with simple painkillers such as Paracetamol or ibuprofen. Normally, stitches are placed to secure the wound and these are removed at 1 week.

We advise 2 to 3 months within the scar as the scar needs to be strong and mature to withstand the weight of the new earrings but you can pierce to either side of the scar almost straight away.

It is usually quite difficult for the earlobes to return back to their original size/shape once they have been stretched. The ears can be stretched following surgery (facelift surgery can sometime lead to a stretched scar aka 'pixie ear', see Pixie Ear Correction).

Other causes can be large earrings that pull or reshape the earlobe. All these will require a surgical solution to address the problem.

This depends on the extent of damage. You will have a local anaesthetic and the procedure takes about 30-45 minutes.

  • Repairing and realigning split or torn earlobes.
  • Normalising the appearance of elongated or stretched earlobes.
  • You can re-pierce previously torn ears, following a full recovery.

Usually the sutures (or stitches) are absorbable. The body degrades the sutures over the next few weeks. Sometimes we need to put in some very fine non-absorbable sutures that need to be removed in 5 to 7 days after your surgery.

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