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Are you unhappy with the appearance of your stretched or torn earlobes? Earlobes can become distended or torn for a number of reasons, including prolonged wear of heavy earrings, use of gauges, the natural aging process, or trauma. If you would like to improve the appearance of your ears, earlobe repair surgery can restore the shape and symmetry to the earlobes for a more confident you. This procedure is quick with minimal downtime, so you can return to your everyday activities in no time.

What is Stretched or Torn Earlobe Repair?

Earlobes can be damaged in several ways, including:

  • Trauma: Earlobes can be torn by injury or an earring being tipped out of the lobe.
  • Wearing heavy earrings: Repeatedly wearing heavy earrings can stretch out the earlobes.
  • Gauging: Creating holes in the earlobe that are gradually expanded over time, or gauging, can lead to thin earlobe tissue and large openings in the lobe.

Earlobe repair is performed to correct split or stretched earlobes so you feel confident with your appearance. Our team of dermatologists is highly skilled in earlobe repair, so you can be sure you are in good hands.

Who is a Good Candidate for Stretched or Torn Earlobe Repair?

Anyone who is unhappy with stretched or torn earlobes can benefit from earlobe repair. Ideal candidates will be overall healthy with a positive outlook on their results. Please contact our office today to schedule your consultation appointment.

What to Expect During Stretched or Torn Earlobe Repair?

During this procedure, a local anesthetic is used to ensure your comfort. To correct torn earlobes, fresh tissue on both of the torn edges of the earlobe will be skillfully sutured together to ensure minimal scarring. To repair stretched-out piercing holes, the skin will be removed around the hole and it will be stitched closed. For other earlobe repairs, there are a number of surgery methods that can be used depending on the individual circumstances. Individuals can re-pierce their earlobes 2-6 months following their procedure if desired.

Torn Earlobe Repair FAQs

Is earlobe repair covered by insurance?

Earlobe repair is usually covered by insurance, but this is not always the case. It is best to check with your health insurance provider before undergoing earlobe repair.

What kind of doctor can fix a torn earlobe?

Earlobe repair can be performed by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

How much does torn earlobe repair cost?

On average, earlobe repair costs between $500-2,000. The cost of your procedure can be explained during a consultation.

Does earlobe repair surgery hurt?

Earlobe repair is a relatively non-invasive surgery and can be performed with a local anesthetic. You will not feel pain during the procedure.

What can I expect after earlobe repair?

After your earlobe repair, you can expect swelling, bruising, and numbness in the area. These side effects should all be minimal and subside within a few days after your surgery.

Stretched or Torn Earlobe Repair Recovery

Following your earlobe repair surgery, bandages or dressings will be placed on the ears to minimize swelling and bruising, as well as keep your new ears in the proper position. There is no downtime required, so patients can return to their everyday routine right away. Intense exercise or heavy lifting should be avoided for a few weeks. Slight swelling or discomfort may occur for the first few days, which can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication. The earlobes will be fully healed within 6-8 weeks.

Schedule a Consultation

Are you self-conscious about your torn or stretched earlobes? If so, earlobe repair is a great option for you! Please contact HMGS Dermatology today to schedule your consultation with one of our team members. We understand that you have a busy schedule, and will work with you to find a date and time that accommodates your calendar.

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