What is Earlobe Repair?

Earlobe repair is done to correct drooping, torn, ripped, or stretched earlobes. Earlobes can tear or stretch due to heavy earrings that pull on the lobe, if an earring is ripped from the ear, or from ear gauges. Regardless of the cause of torn or stretched earlobes, earlobe repair can help correct the appearance of your earlobes and allow you to wear earrings once again or attempt to restore the normal contour and appearance of the lobe.

Who is a Candidate?

If you are experiencing a torn or stretched earlobe that inhibits you from wearing earrings, or simply do not like the way your torn or stretched earlobes look, you may be able to benefit from earlobe repair. A consultation with Dr. Sweat can help to determine if you can benefit from this procedure.

The Procedure

Earlobe repair is done under local anesthesia, and takes about an hour to complete, depending on the complexity of the repair. In the case that your earlobes are drooping or stretched, excess skin will be excised to reduce the size of the lobe. If the earlobe is fully split, the two sides of the lobe will be connected via sutures which are usually removed 5-7 days after surgery.

The Results

Following your earlobe repair, minimal discomfort may occur, which can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication. Dressings will be placed on the ears, and an antibiotic ointment must be applied to avoid infection. Stitches will be removed about a week after the procedure. It is important to follow Dr. Sweat’s post-op instructions to ensure optimal results. After your earlobes are completely healed, you can have your ears re-pierced, though a waiting period of six months is recommended.