What Options are there for Fixing Split Earlobe?

Earlobe split

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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.


Split earlobe repair

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Split earlobes can be easily repaired surgically. The procedure requires local anesthetic, and you can drive home afterwards. Once the earlobe is repaired, it can be re-pierced of you like. 

Fixing split earlobes

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Hello Leon,

Really the only option is to have it surgically repaired. How that is done is specific to each doctor. In all cases, the healed edges of a traumatic, split earlobe need to be "freshened" so that the raw edges will "stick" to each other. 

Michael M. Kim, MD

Michael M. Kim, MD
Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

Fixing split earlobes

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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.

Raymond E. Lee, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

What Options are there for Fixing Split Earlobe?

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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

Split ear lobe repair

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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.

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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

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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

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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

Earlobe repair in Los Angeles

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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

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