Three Earlobe Splits in One Ear, Will It Cost More to Get Them Repaired?

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Multiple tears in a single earlobe

As you suspect, treating multiple tears in a single earlobe is more complicated than repairing a singly-torn earlobe. Depending on the exact conformation of torn tissue, this may require 1-3 surgical steps, each spaced a month or so apart at a minimum, to achieve the most normal looking result.

Costs will vary depending on complexity and surgeon's experience; $750-$1500 might be a reasonable range with an experienced facial plastic surgeon.

Saint Louis Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Cost for Repairing Earlobe With Three Splits

The cost for repairing earlobe with three splits depends on whether the technique performed simply cuts out the middle strip of skin, if it is very thin, and converts the problem to one where you end up with one scar instead of two or three on your earlobe.  

The cost will, thereofore, range from $600 to $2,200 depending upon what type of earlobe repair or earlobe reshaping is chosen.

The earlobe repair procedures are done in the office under local anesthesia.

Fredrick A. Valauri, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon

Repairing Ear "splits"

Thank you for the question. 

Closing ear piercings is a very commonly performed procedure  done under local anesthesia with  no recovery time.
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.

Multiple splits in the same ear

The fee depends on the location of the splits. It is possible to repair than one split in the same session but if they are adjacent, I generally space the repairs several weeks apart to enable healing of my technique, the lap joint flap and preserve as much ear tissue as possible. The price is prorated and, for three lacerations, would be between $1000 and $1300. Repairing multiple splits has become more common since the fashion of multiple piercings came into vogue.

Robert L. Kraft, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Multiple ear piercings

The cost of the repair depends on the distance between the number of splits.  If the piercings are too close, then closing all three at the same time may disrupt blood flow to the middle piercing creating a scar.  In this case, the outer 2 should be repaired first, followed by closure of the middle 3 weeks later.  The cost of first repair should run between $400-$600 followed by closure of the middle piercing at a discounted rate.  If the piercings are further apart, closing all 3 at the same time may be possible in which case you may pay $500-$700. 

Mike Majmundar, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
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This may be simple of complicated.

The cost and complexity of repairing three slits depends on how much damaged tissue needs to be removed and how much normal tissue you have left to work with.  I would estimate the cost to be between $500 and $1000 per ear, depending on the presentation before surgery.  

Mark Taylor, MD
Salt Lake City Dermatologic Surgeon
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Three Earlobe Splits in One Ear, Will It Cost More to Get Them Repaired?

3 splits in one ear lobe WOW! I have done a few but they are difficult. Thus the fee increases to $1,000. Surgery time also increases by a factor of 3, like an hour. From MIAMI DR. Darryl J. Blinski

Three earlobe splits in one ear--cost to repair all three?

Three splits require three repairs, even if it is in the same ear. Each repair takes just as long as the first one, and each takes just as much skill and attention to detail. So naturally repair of three splits is more expensive than one, but most plastic surgeons will give you a "package price" for all three that reduces the cost somewhat.

In our office the total cost for one earlobe repair is $550, two $912, and three $1200. Sometimes two close splits can be combined into one repair, but tissue is lost and the earlobe is slightly smaller. Your surgeon can discuss the options available based on your own ear and the location and severity of the splits!

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Ear lobe lobule with 3 splits

You may need to have the surgery performed in two stages in order to achieve an optimal result. Fees will vary according to the amount of time required.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Repairing three splits in the ear

It will cost more to do the three tears because they are three seperate repairs.  Often you can not repair tears that are very close together for fear of injuring the intervening segment's blood supply.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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