Ear lobe surgery repairs torn or damaged ear lobes

Ear piercings often put one at risk of experiencing stretched or torn ear lobes. In many cases, these tears are very visible, and can cause self-consciousness, if left untreated. Fortunately, ear lobe repair surgery effectively resolves this issue. Torn earlobes can be repaired with very minimal scarring and no post-operative downtime.

Ear lobe repair surgery is usually performed on patients that have damaged or over-sized ear piercings/earring holes. Suitable candidates for ear lobe repair generally have a stretched or torn ear lobe and are not any of the following:

  • Patients prone to chronic infections
  • Patients who are pregnant or breast-feeding
  • Patients who have active cold sores
  • Those who are taking systemic steroids
  • Those taking anti-coagulant medication
  • Patients with history of keloid scarring

Ear Lobe Repair Frequently Asked Questions

After around a week following your ear lobe repair surgery, the stitches will be removed from your ear lobe. 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.

Infection is the biggest risk with ear lobe repair. For this reason, we advise our patients to keep a close eye on the treated area during the healing phase. We encourage you to keep the site of surgery as clean as possible, and to 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 feel any pain in your ear lobe, please get in touch so that we can address the issue as soon as possible.

Ear lobe repair surgery helps to restore the shape of the ears and can contribute to a more youthful-looking appearance. The procedure can also be helpful in restoring self-confidence in patients who feel self-conscious about torn or stretched ear lobes.

If you choose to have your ear pierced again after an ear lobe repair surgery, it is important to note that the scarred tissue tends to be weaker than the surrounding tissue, and 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.

If you have a damaged ear lobe, and are interested in having it surgically repaired, we recommend that you come in for a personal consultation with one of our cosmetic surgeons. This will give you the opportunity to raise any questions or concerns you might have about the procedure, and ensure that it is the right treatment for your particular needs. Your cosmetic surgeon 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 ear lobe 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. The local anaesthetic is injected with a very fine needle.

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 surgeon 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 ear lobe repair. The stitches are removed after five to seven days following surgery.

The cost of ear lobe repair surgery on whether the ear lobe is standard or stretched. Here are the treatment costs:

Standard tear: (simple)
One lobe from $900. Both lobes $1,500

Stretched lobe: (complex)
One lobe from $1,100. Both lobes $1,800

Ear lobe repair in Sydney

If you are interested in finding out more about ear lobe repair surgery, or to arrange 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.