Earlobe repair is a common procedure that is done under local anesthesia. Earlobe surgery can correct protruding or abnormally shaped ears stretched out or torn.


Earlobe correction surgery can also fix droopy earlobes caused by gravity and aging. It is relatively simple with minimal downtime. Dr. Vagotis can address earlobes that need repair due to the following cosmetic abnormalities.



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Torn Earlobes

Frequently caused by earrings tearing through the earlobe.


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Stretched or Elongated Earlobes

From gauging or ear piercings, earlobes tend to get stretched out and elongated over time. Dr. Vagotis will perform a simple surgery to correct the problem.


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Elongated earlobes due to aging:

As we age our earlobes tend to elongate creating the appearance of an aging face. Earlobe shortening or reductions are an ideal procedure to create a more youthful appearance.


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Keloid Removal

Benign growth of scar tissue on the ear.


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Earlobe repair is a relatively quick procedure that takes 15-20 minutes. The torn or unnecessary skin is excised and sutured together during the procedure. Scarring from the surgery is almost always invisible after healing, and the ears can even be re-pierced within 6-8 weeks. Re-piercing can be done to the right or left of the scar, as the scar itself is weaker than the surrounding tissue, so it will tear more easily.


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FAQ About Earlobe Repairs and Corrections

  1. What is a detached earlobe?A detached earlobe is a tear or separation of the earlobe from the rest of the ear. This can occur due to trauma, injury, wearing heavy earrings, or stretching the earlobe piercing excessively.
  2. What causes a detached earlobe?Detached earlobes can result from various factors, including wearing heavy earrings over time, accidental tearing from jewelry, trauma to the earlobe, or stretching of earlobe piercings.
  3. How is a detached earlobe repaired?Earlobe repair is typically performed through a simple surgical procedure. The procedure involves trimming the edges of the torn earlobe and suturing the tissue back together to restore its shape and appearance.
  4. Is earlobe repair surgery painful?Earlobe repair surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia so that you won't feel pain. However, you may experience some discomfort or mild pain during the recovery period, which can be managed with pain medication prescribed by your surgeon.
  5. What is the recovery process like after earlobe repair surgery?The recovery process following earlobe repair surgery is relatively quick. You may experience mild swelling, bruising, and discomfort for a few days. Your surgeon will provide specific instructions on how to care for your earlobes post-surgery, including keeping the area clean and avoiding strenuous activities.
  6. How soon can I wear earrings after earlobe repair surgery?It's essential to wait until your earlobes have fully healed before wearing earrings again. Your surgeon will advise you on when it's safe to re-pierce your earlobes or wear earrings, typically after several weeks to a few months post-surgery.
  7. Will there be scarring after earlobe repair surgery?Scarring after earlobe repair surgery is minimal and usually discreet. Your surgeon will take care to ensure that incisions are made in areas where scarring will be less noticeable, such as along the natural creases of the earlobe.
  8. Can earlobe repair surgery be combined with other cosmetic procedures?If desired, earlobe repair surgery can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as earlobe reduction or ear reshaping. Your surgeon can discuss your options and recommend the best approach to achieve your desired results.
  9. Are there any risks or complications associated with earlobe repair surgery?While earlobe repair surgery is generally safe, like any surgical procedure, risks include infection, bleeding, or poor wound healing. However, these risks are minimal when a qualified and experienced surgeon performs the procedure in a sterile environment.