Earlobe Repair

Earlobe repair surgery is performed for a variety of reasons.
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Typically, patients undergo an earlobe repair due to the damage of gauged ear lobes (plugs) or from wearing heavy or long earrings. After time, some patients may see a tear in their earlobe from wearing heavy jewlery and eventually it may rip through the entire ear lobe (especially as the skin thins out with age). If a piercing is close to the very bottom of the earlobe, that placement can cause earrings to rip through the earlobe even quicker. AAt ReGenesis Plastic Surgery, Dermatology & Spa. Remove ReGenesis Plastic Surgery & Skin Care Center we are able to repair long, sagging holes left from large gauges or repair torn earring holes, creating a natural-looking earlobe.

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Duane O. Hartshorn, MD

Earlobe Repair FAQ's

Earlobe repair is a cosmetic procedure that fixes stretched or torn earlobes, restoring a natural and pleasing appearance. Whether from heavy earrings or accidental trauma, this quick and effective solution enhances ear symmetry and contour.

Is it right for me? 

Earlobe Repair is a individualized procedure, and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. 

Earlobe Repair may be a good option for:

  • Individuals with stretched, torn, or damaged earlobes.
  • Those who have experienced issues from heavy earrings, gauges, or accidental trauma.
  • Individuals seeking to correct asymmetry in their earlobes.
  • People desiring to restore a natural appearance to their earlobes.
  • Those looking to improve overall ear aesthetics through a quick and effective procedure.

Your consultation is your time to ask the doctor about the procedure you’re considering, how he thinks it will work for you and any concerns you may have.

Questions to Consider:

  • What is the simplest and safest surgery to help me achieve my goals?
  • Are other options available?
  • What results can I expect, and how long do the typical results last?
  • Where will scars be located, and how noticeable will they be?
  • Will scars fade over time, and how long will this take?

Your surgeon will:

  • Assess your overall health and any pre-existing conditions or risk factors.
  • Capture photographs for reference.
  • Engage in discussions about available options and potential outcomes of the earlobe repair procedure, including risks and complications.


After your consultation with the physician, you will meet with the practice manager to discuss procedure costs.

Comprehensive comprehension of every facet of your arm lift procedure is crucial. It’s normal to experience a range of emotions, from excitement about the anticipated transformation to a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t hesitate to openly discuss these feelings with your plastic surgeon.

There are several things to do prior to your procedure that will make your recovery as smooth as possible and ease your pre-procedure anxiety.

Your Pre-Op Checklist:

  • Make sure you have arranged for someone to drive you to and from the surgery.
  • Consult with your surgeon and adhere to their instructions.
  • Take prescribed medications or modify current medication as directed.
  • Complete necessary lab tests within 30 days of your procedure.
  • Cease smoking, alcohol consumption, and drug use.
  • Refrain from taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, or herbal supplements to mitigate potential bleeding.


 Day of Surgery:

  • Be on time for your scheduled surgery appointment.
  • Bring a companion aged 18 or older.
  • Refrain from eating or drinking after midnight prior to your surgery.
  • Opt for loose, comfortable clothing that is easy to put on and remove on the day of your surgery.

Above all, adhering to your surgeon’s pre-surgery recommendations is key to a successful and swift recovery.


Local anesthesia or a similar option will be administered to ensure your comfort during the earlobe repair surgery. Your surgeon will discuss the appropriate choice based on your needs.

The Incision: 

For earlobe repair, incisions are carefully made to address specific concerns.

  • If repairing a tear or stretch, the incision is tailored to the damaged area for precise reconstruction.
  • Depending on the nature of the repair, incisions may be minimal and strategically placed for optimal results.


Closing the Incision: 

Earlobe incisions are typically closed with sutures, and your surgeon may recommend additional techniques to enhance healing.

  • Dissolvable sutures may be used, eliminating the need for removal.
  • Your surgeon may discuss post-operative care, including the use of ointments or dressings.

Recovery durations following Earlobe Repair Surgery vary for each patient, ranging from days to months.

After your earlobe repair surgery, the application of lubricating ointment and cold compresses may be recommended. In certain cases, gauze may be gently placed over the treated area for added protection.

You will receive detailed instructions covering:

  • Proper care post-surgery
  • Medications for healing and infection prevention
  • Specific signs to monitor at the surgical site and for overall health
  • Follow-up schedule with your plastic surgeon

Ensure you address specific queries about your individual recovery:

  • Post-surgery destination.
  • Prescribed medications.
  • Duration of dressings/bandages and removal timeline.
  • Are the stitches scheduled for removal, and if so, when is the expected timeframe? 
  • When can I safely resume normal activities and exercise? 
  • What is the recommended timing for my follow-up care appointment?

Your plastic surgeon and/or their team will provide detailed explanations of surgery-associated risks. Consent forms will be signed to ensure your full comprehension of the procedure and potential complications.

Some Risks Involved:

  • Infection.
  • Scarring
  • Asymmetry
  • Poor Healing


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