Can I Close Normal Ear Piercings?

I got my ears pierced when I was younger. I have recently noticed that they are extremely uneven. I have tried to ignore it, but it bothers me a lot. Would it be possible to close the holes and get them re-pierced? If so, how much would it cost?

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Yes, you can close normal ear piercings--and repierce at the same time.

Yes, you can certainly close normal ear piercings.  The process is the same as the one used for repairing "stretched out" holes.  Under local anesthesia, skin is removed from around the hole, and the hole is stitched closed.  We typically charge $425 for one ear or $725 for both.  This charge includes repiercing the ears at the same time (please bring small studs with you). 

Plano Plastic Surgeon
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Can I close Normal Ear Piercings

Yes.  Simple earlobe repairs are performed in the office under local anesthesia.  The track of the piercing is removed surgically, and the small open wound is then closed with fine sutures.  The cost is $450 per earlobe. 

Paul Fortes, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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It is possible to repair stretched ear lobes

It is unfortunately common for piercings to become stretched over time.  This can be corrected by removing the scar tissue that forms the piercing and closing the hole with stitches.  For the best results, we typically recommend allowing the site to fully heal before repiercing.  This procedure is most commonly performed under local anesthesia.

Ear lobe reconstruction

Ear Lobe surgery cost varies significantly for a number of good reasons: Prices vary greatly because the surgery itself encompasses a wide range of techniques that can be performed to different extents. My recommendation is to first find the most qualified surgeons where you want the surgery performed that are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or Facial Plastic Surgeon you trust, then compare prices between them. See the below link on suggestions on how to find the most qualified plastic surgeon for your procedure. General Factors that influence the price of plastic surgery include:

1. Location - Most procedures will be performed in a doctor’s office where costs can be contained. If not will it be performed in a hospital or an independent out- patient facility? Geographical location also has a significant influence. RealSelf has average charges for most areas of the USA.

2. Type of Anesthesia – local anesthesia is typical and less costly. If IV sedation or General Anesthesia is used: Will a board certified anesthesiologist, nurse anesthetist, or an RN be used?

3. Experience and training of your surgeon. The best and longest trained is most often a plastic surgeon board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

4. Length and Complexity of Surgery - how difficult will your surgery be and how long it will take, etc.


Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Closing earlobe piercings

#EarPiercings can be closed by removing the existing hole and closing it in layers. Repiercing should be done in a slightly different location about 6-12 weeks later
Geographic costs and names of experienced doctors can be found on Real Self or the websites for the American Society of plastic surgeons for the American Society of aesthetic plastic surgery

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Repiercing after ear lobe repair

Correction is simple matter of removing the tunnel and a single stitch front and back if the defect is very small. Repierce the earlobe in a slightly different location to avoid the denseness of the scar tissue.

Can I Close Normal Ear Piercings?

Yes you can!  If it is a normal piercing, and not stretched out due to heavy earrings, trauma, such as being pulled, or gauged, then it is generally a straightforward procedure.  Not only are my patients happy with the outcomes, but those that want to get them re-pierced to have them even are even happier to have had the correction.  Wishing you all the best.
Garrett A. Wirth, MD, MS, FACS

Garrett A. Wirth, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Repair of stretched or uneven earlobe holes

This happens all the time.  Holes can be uneven.  Holes can stretch over time, or are stretched after trauma, (kids pulling on earrings).  We close these holes often under local anesthesia in the office. Give your local facial plastic surgeon or board certified plastic surgeon a call.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Ear piercing

closing expanded holes from ear piercings is a simple procedure that can easily be performed in the office under local anesthesia. please call a board certified plastic surgeon

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Closing Ear Piercings

Yes, it is absolutely possible to have the holes from ear piercings closed and then re-pierced after several weeks to months.  The technique in large part depends in part on how large the holes are and where the holes are positioned.  It could be as simple as cutting an ellipse of skin around the hole or more complex where more manipulation may be required.  The cost will vary depending on where you are located, how much manipulation is necessary, and if it is one sided or two.  Regarding re-piercing, I usually wait a minimum of two months before I do this procedure.

Carlo P. Honrado, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

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