I have a torn earlobe that has been opened in half for about 8 years. The second earlobe is not completely open.

I am 27 years old about how much would this procedure cost me? How long does it take ? I am just scared of permanently destroying my earlobes.

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Earlobe repair and costs

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To repair a completely torn earlobe, surgery is performed in the office , takes about half an hour and costs about $450 per side (in Tidewater Virginia). An incompletely torn lobe may be better off left alone if it is a short slit, but if it is large enough to allow the earring to fallout, then it's better to go ahead and get it repaired too. Most plastic surgeons have experience performing this operation but ask your surgeon to be sure!

Suffolk Plastic Surgeon
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Earlobe repair is a very common procedure. Frequently, we have patients who will have the procedure done the same day as the consultation. Typically, the cost is between $450-850 per earlobe, depending on the severity and the length of the procedure.You may be able to find a doctor who will do this under insurance but i am not aware of any.The length of time the ears have been gauged should have no effect on the procedure. As long as the tissue is no longer irritated or inflamed, there is no reason not to give it a try. Gauged ears are sometimes more difficult than some other earlobe repairs since the tissue is so over stretched, but we are still able to create a natural looking earlobe. You can get your ear re pierced about 6 weeks after and should be included in the pricing. Shop around in your area and see if you can find a plastic surgeon in your budget. Insurance typically wont cover this. 

Elliot M. Heller, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Cost Varies

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Hello Steph,

Depending upon the extent of your problem this is likely do-able under local anesthesia in the office. In my area, you are looking at a little over a thousand dollars as long as the case is not too complicated.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon

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Torn earlobes are usually repaired pretty easily. I can repair both in about 20 minutes under local on the same day just as long as the patient is healthy and has not taken any medications that could cause bleeding ( aspirin, or anti-inflammatories).

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This is a straight forward procedure that can be performed in the office setting under local anesthesia.  Although you are afraid of the effect on your earlobes, having a complete tear isn't aesthetically pleasing.  Cost will vary based on geographic location and other factors. Occasionally, this surgery may be covered by insurance. 

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Torn earlobes are commonly repaired and this procedure can normally be done in the office with just a local anesthesia to numb the area.  The procedure does not take much time and the cost will vary by surgeon.  The cost roughly would be a few to several hundred dollars.  I would see a facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon.  

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