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What Options are there for Fixing Split Earlobe?

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Fixing split earlobes

Thanks for asking.  Earlobes requiring repair can be from a variety of reasons. For example, a torn earlobe from a pulled earring, gauged earlobes that are now unwanted, facelift surgery causing pulled earlobes, or just simply elongated from older age.

Because of the variety of different causes, earlobe repair may vary in complexity. Prices will vary accordingly. and also vary depending on the region of the country you are in and the surgeon's expertise.  

Typically to correct a split earlobe, a portion from each side of the split lobe will be removed and then carefully sutured together. I have some special techniques that I employ to minimize scarring and notching that can be seen if not reconstructed properly. 

This repair can be performed comfortably under local anesthesia and earlobes can be re-pierced 6 weeks later if desired.  Consult with an experienced board certified facial plastic / plastic surgeon in you area.

Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What Options are there for Fixing Split Earlobe?

Although there are many techniques that have been published, the key is to remove the skin that is torn and repair the hole in such a way as to provide the best cosmetic outcome possible.  This can be done with local anesthesia in the office setting and patients are highly satisfied with the outcomes, and often with the desire and ability to re-pierce the earlobe at a later time.
Garrett A. Wirth, MD, MS, FACS

Garrett A. Wirth, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Split ear lobe repair

Split or torn air lobes can be repaired under local anesthesia in the office. It involves removing the skin between the torn portions of the earlobe and then repairing this with suture material.   It is a fairly short procedure with a very short recovery. I would however recommend waiting six weeks before re piercing the lobe, and placing the piercing in an area slightly away from the torn repair site

Split earlobes are easily fixed with an in-office procedure.

Years of wearing heavy earrings can leave you with drooping earlobes - or, worse, leave them completely split. Fortunately, earlobes can be repaired with an in-office procedure, under local anesthetic.

Office Procedure

Torn earlobes can usually be repaired in the office under local anesthesia. Find a board certified plastic surgeon in your area and schedule a consultation to find out more information.

Earlobe Repair

Earlobe tears are very common injuries. They can be partial or complete. Generally the repair of the lower lobule can be done in the office operating room setting under a local anesthesia. Although many insurance plans do not cover this type of reconstruction (unless it was part of an acute injury). In most cases the repair can be followed by replacement of an ear-ring hole after healing has occurred.

Howard Sutkin, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Earlobe repair in Los Angeles

Our office specializes in earlobe repair in Los Angeles. Earlobe repairs can be performed using layered sutures in order to reapproximate the torn skin. 

Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Torn earlobe repair cost

Repairing a torn earlobe that has resulted from an earring pulling through the earlobe is a straightforward procedure that can be done as an in-office procedure under local anesthesia.  The procedure involves removing the split tract of skin, and then repairing the edges precisely to achieve the best shape and contour.  Scar will typically fade significantly over weeks to months, and the scar is often barely noticable once fully healed and matured.  Repiercing can be done in six to eight weeks.


All the best,

Dr. Skourtis

Mia E. Skourtis, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
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Split Earlobe Repair

This is a relatively simple outpatient procedure that can be perfomed under local anesthesia. The split is excised and sutured together. The resulting scar is usually not very noticeable. The earlobe can be re-pierced after 6 weeks either just in front of, or just behind, the scar. The costs are not usually covered by insurance companies.

Kenneth P. Gilbert, MD
Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Fixing earlobes

For split or elongated earlobes, a simple outpatient surgery does the trick.  It is done under local anesthesia in the office and you will have stitches for about one week.  We re-pierce the ear at the same time with a small stud post earring.  If the earlobe is just droopy, dermal fillers are a great way to get those earrings to face forward again rather than down.

Stacey Tull, MD
Chesterfield Dermatologic Surgeon
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