Earlobe repair is performed on individuals who have experienced a tear in either one or both earlobes. This can be caused by wearing heavy earrings or an accident where the earring has been ripped entirely through the earlobe. Gauged ears are also a growing trend where individuals purposely stretch the earlobes to various sizes using a gauged instrument or earring. 

ICLS offers a few procedures to correct or help minimize the appearance of a previous piercing. For mild damage, injections of fillers may be used to plump up the appearance of aged earlobes. TCA peels benefit patients who want to try a non-surgical option to repair an earlobe. These work by causing an inflammatory process which allows new collagen production and the edges of the ear lobe to adhere together.

If there is significant damage or a full tear, surgical earlobe repair or gauge repair will normally be performed under local anaesthetic. Surgical repair of an earlobe involves cutting a small wedge of skin around the defect and bringing the two clean edges back together with stitches.

Before and After

Earlobe Repair using TCA Peels

Earlobe Repair

Earlobe Repair

Earlobe Repair

Earlobe Repair

Earlobe Repair

Earlobe Repair

Earlobe Repair

Earlobe Repair

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can you fix a ripped earlobe?

    With a simple operation under local anesthetic, our surgeons can repair a damaged earlobe by attaching and suturing it with healthy skin on the inside of the damaged earlobe. If the tear is not too large, TCA solution may also reduce the size of the piercing.

  • How much does it cost to repair a torn earlobe?

    Pricing is dependent on the recommended treatment and begins at $370 for a single earlobe and $680 for Bilateral earlobes. Contact a patient care coordinator for more information.

Aftercare and Recovery

Mild redness, irritation, and some swelling may be noticed for the first couple days. The skin will begin to form a brown crusting and will peel considerably for possibly up to eight days. Hot tubs and swimming pools should be avoided during the healing process. Patients should avoid direct sunlight and heat during the healing process. Sunscreen must always be worn when outdoors. With either a peel or surgery, there is a risk of infection and scarring. You will be asked to refrain from re-piercing for 3-6 months post procedure.


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