Earlobe Repair

 

Cost

$500 one side

$950 both sides

Who Is a Good Candidate?

Patients who have earlobes that have been torn by earrings, or where the piercing hole has stretched out over time are good candidates for ear lobe repair. Patients who have or have had gauges in their ears and desire a return to a single small earlobe are also good candidates. An earlobe reduction is similar to an earlobe repair, and this is a good procedure for patients who want a smaller, less substantial earlobe. 

The Procedure

This procedure is very amenable to being done in the office under local anesthesia. Repair of one or both sides usually takes less than an hour, and during this procedure, you are injected with local anesthetic and the torn area is cut out and sewn back together with several layers of sutures. In the case of gauges, the excess earlobe tissue is removed and the remaining tissue is sutured together to make a more anatomic appearing earlobe. 

Recovery 

Recovery is usually quite painless, and patients do not need anything more than over the counter medications for pain. You will be bandaged lightly after the procedure, and can resume showering the following day. You may have an outer layer of sutures that will need to be removed in 5-7 days. You will need to do local wound care with antibiotic ointment for about a week after your procedure, and stay away from contact sports or heavy activities for 1 1/2 - 2 weeks. Patients should usually wait at least 6 months from the time of their earlobe repair to have their ears re-pierced.