If your earlobes have been torn or stretched due to an injury or long-term use of heavy earrings, you may be a candidate for earlobe repair. This procedure can reduce the size of earlobes that have been stretched from years of wearing heavy jewelry, or it can repair earlobes that have been torn or split.
If you are interested in learning more about earlobe repair, call us today at (212) 688-5882 to schedule an initial consultation with our board-certified Dermatologic Surgeon.
Types of Earlobe Problems
There are many different reasons you might consider earlobe repair. Some of the specific earlobe problems that require surgical repair include:
- Earlobe splits – Sometimes, an incomplete tear in the earlobe starts at the location of the original piercing, and then continues downward, resulting in a hole too large to hold ear studs. We can help close this split.
- Earlobe tears – When an earlobe has torn all the way through, we will cut away the healed skin on the inside of the tear, and then suture the edges to allow your earlobe to heal back together. Scars from earlobe tears are almost always imperceptible after surgery.
- Earlobe abnormalities – Your earlobes may be unusually large because of a hereditary abnormality. If your earlobe is elongated and “fleshy” we can decrease its overall size to make it better fit your overall appearance.
The Earlobe Repair Procedure
Earlobe repair is performed in our office under local anesthesia. Our surgeon will work with you to decide which technique is most appropriate to provide the most natural and symmetrical results.
Sutures are usually removed after five days. In most cases, ears can be re-pierced three months after surgery.
We can perform re-piercing for you at an additional charge.
If you have further questions about earlobe repair, please contact JUVA Skin & Laser Center through the form on this page or call (212) 688-5882 to schedule an initial consultation with our board-certified Dermatologic Surgeon.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does earlobe repair take to heal?
Sutures are typically removed around 2 weeks following earlobe repair. The earlobe can be re-pierced once the area has fully healed, which we recommend waiting at least 3 months.
Will a spilt earlobe heal by itself?
Most split earlobes will not repair themselves. Once the earlobe tears, the damaged lobe will form scar tissue around itself. This will further exacerbate the damage and the split will continue unless it is successfully repaired.
What should I expect after earlobe surgery?
Post-surgery, it is advised that you don’t sleep on your ears or place any pressure on the repaired area. This regimen most be followed until the sutures are removed after about one week following your earlobe repair. You can resume other normal activity as soon as after your earlobe is repaired.
Does earlobe repair surgery hurt?
Earlobe repair is considered a minor surgery, therefore there is very little discomfort or downtime after. You can temper any associated earlobe repair pain with the use of an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Can you fix a stretched earring hole?
Gauged holes, regardless of size, can be repaired. While a standard earlobe tear repair takes about 10 minutes per ear, gauged earlobes require approximately 20 minutes each.