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How Much Does It Cost to Have Gauged Ears Fixed?

I was wondering if the size of the gauge would make a difference in the price? I'm currently waiting on my ears to heal so I can ship off to basic and I want to get it done ASAP. I stopped at a 2G which is considered the point of no return but they have healed back to a 10G and aren't that visible but my recruiter informed that if there is any light showing through them I won't be eligible. So how much does it roughly cost?

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Earlobe repairs


For me repairing earlobe gauge repair is pretty simple, taking only about 10 minutes a side. Prices vary quite a bit from surgeon to surgeon, so it pays to call around for prices. I usually charge $300 to 400 per side. Don't pay an outrageous price for something that's pretty straightforward.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Gauged ear repair


I usually charge $850-1200 but you can certainly find someone to do a simple closure for around $350-500 but is unlikely to offer an aesthetic result.


All the best,


Rian A. Maercks M.D.

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Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Gauged Ear Repair


Hi Jacob,

The costs of this repair vary by region and the experience of the surgeon. In Portland, we charge $500 per ear for stretched earlobes as there is more complexity to this repair. You may want to ask around to see if there is a "military discount." Many of us have a soft spot for those serving in the Armed Forces.

Good luck.

Michael Kim, MD

Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Repair of gauged earlobes


Recently, I have seen several patients who want to have gauged earlobes repaired so that they can be eligible for military service or another job.  Here is my advice.:

1. Remove the gauges and let the holes shrink down for at least a month.

2. Once the hole stops getting smaller, consult with a board certified PS.

3. The size of the defect (hole) will likely make a difference in the price of the repair. The more complex the repair and the more time it takes, the more it will cost. 

4. Our average price for repairing two gauged ears under local anesthesia is about $1000.

There is a nice example of a before and after photo of a gauged earlobe repair in the photo gallery on my website at  

Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 59 reviews

Earlobe repair $


Earlobe repair costs, on average, $750 per ear, although this is subject to variation depending upon the size of the defect and any other complicating factors.  I normally discount bilateral ear repairs.  If a patient has more than one laceration in the same ear which requires repair, generally, this would require two procedures about eight weeks apart to produce the best possible result.    This procedure is performed in my accredited operating room under local anesthesia and takes about 30 minutes.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Ear lobe Repair costs


Generally, this procedure costs $500-1000 depending on the situation. Like any other procedure, the skill and experience level of the surgeon is important and complications may arise-seek consultation with a well-trained board-certified plastic surgeon. Best wishes.

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San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 626 reviews

Earlobe repair


While prices may vary, the repair of an earlobe is generally quite simple and price is pretty consistent despite the size of the hole.

I generally charge $600 for 1 ear, $900 for both. The procedure is down as an outpatient, in office, with local anesthesia, and patients can generally resume full activity right away.

Metairie Dermatologic Surgeon
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Earlobes are fast, easy and inexpensive.


The procedure is so minor, that it can be done in a treatment room under local anesthesia. That's why we did it live on TV for The Doctors show. It costs about $800 and up, and it's easier than you might think. Fortunately, the problem with these ears is too much tissue, which isn't such a problem. Reconstructing defects in which there isn't enough tissue is much harder.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Both gauged and split earlobe repair is not expensive.


This operation does require good technique and fine sutures for the best (not the cheapest) result. That being said, any qualified plastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon has lots of experience with this procedure. Most will charge around $300 to $400 for one ear, and $500 to $700 for both (done under local anesthesia as an office procedure). Don't go to the hospital or free standing hospital surgicenter unless you are absolutely sure you have TOTAL costs (not just your doctor's fee)!

We also provide complimentary piercing (you bring your own earrings) 6 weeks after repair.

Any earlobe repair going for "cheap" will likely be done poorly by someone who may not be a fully-trained and board-certified surgeon--this could lead to reoperation to get the earlobe looking normal (at additional cost). Do it once, and have it done properly!

Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

Guaged ear lobule closure costs


This can vary tremendously and prices can range from  $400 to $800 per ear lobule. I would contact several physician's offices for quotes but be cautious abou tchoosing the lowest priced provider.

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Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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