Ear piercings often put you at risk of experiencing stretched or torn ear lobes. In many cases, these tears are very visible and can cause self-confidence issues if left untreated. Fortunately, earlobe repair surgery effectively resolves this issue. Torn earlobes can be repaired with very minimal scarring and little postoperative downtime.
So if you’re interested in booking a consultation or want to find out more about earlobe repair in Sydney, contact us today.
What is earlobe repair surgery?
Earlobe repair surgery is a cosmetic procedure carried out to restore the natural appearance of the earlobe, ideal for those who have stretched out their skin or who have experienced trauma to the earlobe. The goal is to create a natural-looking earlobe that compliments your facial features.
Stretched earlobes can often cause self-confidence issues. Surgery can help with both the physical and mental effects of stretched earlobes.
What are the benefits?
There are numerous benefits to having your earlobes repaired with cosmetic surgery:
- Repair accidental tears or stretched-out earlobes
- Ensure both earlobes are symmetrical
- Restore self-confidence
- Fast procedure
- Minimal discomfort
- Minimal scarring
- Minimal downtime after surgery
How does it work?
If you decide to have earlobe surgery with us at ICCM, this is what you can expect:
If you have a damaged earlobe and are interested in having it surgically repaired, we recommend that you come in for a personal consultation with one of our cosmetic doctors. This will allow you to raise any questions or concerns you might have about the procedure.
Your cosmetic doctor will perform a thorough evaluation and let you know what you can expect from the surgery, depending on your particular needs. They will also confirm whether or not an earlobe repair is suitable for you, based on the type, size and location of your tear.
The procedure is performed with the use of a local anaesthetic, which means that you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the surgery. Once the site of treatment is numb, the damaged earring holes are gently and carefully excised. The incision is then meticulously repaired using fine stitching on the front and the back of the ear lobe.
Your doctor may need to reshape some of your ear lobe tissue to ensure that a natural-looking result is achieved. Each ear lobe repair procedure takes between 30 and 60 minutes. There is virtually no pain associated with the surgery. The stitches are removed after 5 to 7 days following the procedure.
After around a week following your earlobe repair surgery, the stitches will be removed. You might notice some mild bruising or redness at the time. You should not, however, feel any considerable pain. Minimal tenderness is a possible side effect for some patients, although this should resolve itself over time.
Am I a good candidate?
Earlobe reconstruction is usually performed on patients that have damaged or oversized ear piercings/earring holes. Suitable candidates for earlobe repairs generally have a stretched or torn earlobe and are not any of the following:
Ear lobe repair surgery will initially leave some minimal scarring but eventually, that will become barely visible if at all.
How much does torn earlobe repair cost?
The cost of earlobe repair surgery depends on whether the ear lobe is standard or stretched:
- Standard tear (simple) - one lobe from $950. Both lobes $1,500
- Stretched lobe (complex) - one lobe from $1,250. Both lobes $1,950
Why choose us?
Our fundamental philosophy at ICCM is centred around patient care and satisfaction and our primary goal is to deliver a great experience for our clients every time. Regardless of what kind of procedure you may be considering, we understand the emotion that can influence your decisions. This is why we ensure we’re there to support you from your first consultation, right through to completion, with the utmost care and professionalism.
If you are interested in finding out more about earlobe repair surgery or arranging a consultation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Our team is happy to answer any questions you might have about the procedure and any of the other treatments that we offer. In the meantime, you can find our most frequently asked questions about the procedure below.
Earlobe repair surgery is carried out using local anaesthesia. This means you will be awake during surgery, but will not be able to feel the procedure. It also means that you can have the procedure carried out at specified clinics and don’t necessarily need to go to the hospital for treatment.
There is no ideal age for earlobe reduction surgery, any adult can have the procedure. However, we do recommend that you have the treatment sooner rather than later as split earlobes generally worsen with time.
You should expect very small scars on the ears following the surgery. These may look slightly red straight after surgery but will eventually fade and become almost impossible to see with time.
Infection is the biggest risk which is why we advise our patients to keep a close eye on the treated area during the healing phase. Keep the site of surgery as clean as possible and notify us immediately if there are any signs of infection. Some possible signs of infection include swelling and tenderness that do not resolve, as well as crusting, fluid drainage, and fever.
If you choose to have your ear pierced again after an earlobe repair surgery, it is important to note that the scarred tissue tends to be weaker than the surrounding tissue and is more likely to tear. Rather, have your new piercing placed in an area that has not been operated on to avoid further tearing or stretching.
PLEASE NOTE: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.