How Much Does It Cost to Have a Stretched Ear "Blow Out" Removed? (photo)

I've stretched me ears to 7/8s, I have what we call in the ear stretching world a "blow out", not sure what to call it medically. I was wondering how much it would cost to have it cut off. From my understanding, its where you stretch to big to fast and push the skin inside your ear out the back. thanks

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Ear lobe reconstruction cost

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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.


Earlobe repair cost

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The cost for earlobe repair is a common question. Earlobes requiring repair can be from a variety of reasons. Some may include 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. A price range would be $500-$900 per earlobe. This will vary also depending on the region of the country you are in and the surgeon's expertise. 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 to avoid any additional fees such as anesthesia fees. Earlobes can be re-pierced 6 weeks later if desired.

Consult with an experienced board certified facial plastic / plastic surgeon in you area.

Raymond E. Lee, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Blowout repair

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The repair of gauge holes is pretty simple and I usually charge $300 to $400 per side. Any experienced plastic surgeon can accomplish this, but the price may vary quite a bit. Call around to find out what different surgeons charge. It should not cost an arm and a leg.

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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This repair is more complex than an enlarged earring hole

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The cost would be around $1000-$2500 in my opinion. You want it done well.  Go to someone with experience as the less expensive person could lead to the more expensive route. 

Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon

Repair of Extremely Stretched Ear Lobes

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The repair of this type of earlobe deformity varies with the individual case and fees range from $600 to $1,800 per ear depending on what needs to be done.

These earlobe repair and earlobe reshaping procedures are done under local anesthesia in the office.  

Sutures are removed after about a week and re-piercing is done after six weeks.

Fredrick A. Valauri, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon

Cost Of Gauged Earlobe Repair

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The repair of the gauged or expanded earlobe, blown out or not, is done as an office procedure under local anesthesia. The average cost per each earlobe would be in the $500 to $600 range. Dissolveable sutures are placed to close the repair so no return visit is necessary. Other than a fine line scar, a normal size and shaped earlobe can be restored.

Ear lobe "blowout" repair

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Dear Stretchedears.

Thank you for the photo. In order to cut out the "blowout," in your particular case, it would cost $500-$800 in our practice. To restore the earlobe to its previous size and appearance would cost approximately $900-$1000. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia in a procedure room in our office. Most patients do well with a local anesthetic alone, but an oral sedative can be provided for those patients who are particularly anxious. Excising the "blowout" can make it more difficult to stretch in the future because of the scar tissue that will occur as a result of the repair. Hope this helps!


Sarmela Sunder, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Stretched ear blowout

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Prices vary around the country. In our area I would guess $500-1000 for an office correction would be the average.

Michael L. Schwartz, MD
West Palm Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Correct Blown Out Ears

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Thank you for the question and picture.

Correction of the “blowout” ranges between $600-1000  in our office. This procedure is done under local anesthesia. Please see link below for  examples.

Best wishes.

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