Earlobe Surgery

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An earlobe surgery or earlobe repair is a plastic surgery to correct a torn earlobe or split earlobe for improved appearance, facial symmetry, and proportions.

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The Skinny

Average Recovery

10 days




Minor Surgical Procedure




$1200 - $3000


Before & After Images by Provider

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The Specifics

What is an earlobe surgery?

An earlobe surgery is a simple doctor's office plastic surgery used for split earlobe repair or a stretched earlobe tear. This type of cosmetic surgery can correct partial, full, or multiple earlobe tears.

The Anatomy of the Ear

Ear Anatomy Close Up Photo

Partial tears generally occur with ear piercings (especially heavy earrings) and gauging. Full tears occur when the bottom edge of the lobe is completely separated. Multiple tears are typically caused by trauma or when multiple ear piercings tear through. An earlobe surgery can be performed in children, teenagers, and adults.

What cosmetic concerns does an earlobe surgery procedure treat?

  1. Ear Shape: An earlobe surgery excises torn or split areas of the earlobe, and sutures the lobe together in the desired shape and position.

Who is the ideal candidate for an earlobe surgery procedure?

The ideal candidate for an earlobe surgery is a child over five, teenager, or adult in generally good health seeking to correct earlobe appearance. Earlobe Surgery is not recommended for those with severe earlobe deformities or those prone to keloid scarring.

What is the average recovery associated with an earlobe surgery procedure?

Following an earlobe surgery patients can expect a few days of acute recovery time, however, most patients return to normal activities almost immediately. Strenuous activity can be resumed after two days. Patients will also need to take care to avoid sleeping or placing pressure on the earlobes for one week.

What are the potential side effects of an earlobe surgery procedure?

Possible side effects following an earlobe surgery include itching, mild pain, bleeding, scarring, and infection at the incision site.

What can someone expect from the results of an earlobe surgery procedure?

The results of an earlobe surgery procedure are immediate and permanent improvements to the appearance of the earlobe.

What is the average cost of an earlobe surgery procedure?

An earlobe surgery can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000. The actual cost of an earlobe surgery is dependent upon location, plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.


  • Shape
  • Proportion
  • Confidence
  • Low Risk
  • Permanent Results


  • Symmetry
  • Scarring
  • Numbness

Invasiveness Score


Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect

Earlobe surgery is a simple, outpatient procedure to repair stretched or torn earlobes. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after earlobe surgery.

The Takeaway

An earlobe surgery is a plastic surgery to correct earlobes that were stretched or torn due to trauma or ear piercing.

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  1. Better Health Channel Otoplasty (external ear surgery)
  2. Alexander Berghaus Protruding ears - cosmetic surgery with a sense of proportion PubMed.gov; 2016-09-01


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