A Comprehensive Guide to Earlobe Repair Surgery 


Earlobe repair, also known as earlobe reconstruction or earlobe repair surgery, is a procedure that aims to restore the appearance and functionality of a damaged or torn or stretched earlobe. A plastic surgeon or an ENT specialist typically performs earlobe repair surgery or torn earlobe or split earlobe surgery. 

Here are some common scenarios where ear lobe repair may be desired: 

  • Torn earlobes: Earlobes can get torn due to trauma, accidents, or from wearing heavy earrings. This can result in a split or elongated earlobe. 
  • Stretched or gauged earlobes: Some individuals intentionally stretch their earlobes through a process called gauging, where they progressively insert larger ear jewelry. If someone decides to reverse this process, the stretched hole may need to be repaired. 
  • Keloid formation: Keloids are raised, thickened scars that can occur after earlobe piercings. If keloids develop on the earlobes, surgical intervention may be necessary to remove them. 

Earlobe repair surgery is usually done under local anesthesia and takes about 30 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on the case’s complexity. The surgeon will typically make an incision along the damaged area, remove any excess tissue, and then suture the edges of the earlobe back together. Fine sutures or dissolvable stitches are commonly used, which are typically removed after a week or two. 

After the procedure, following the surgeon’s post-operative instructions is important to ensure proper healing. This may include keeping the area clean, avoiding strenuous activities, and refraining from wearing earrings or any pressure on the earlobes during the healing process. 

Conclusion line- Consult with your doctor if you’re considering this procedure for personalized recommendations.