Ear Lobe Repair

What is Ear Lobe Repair ?

As with any other areas of the face, the ear lobes are prone to losing elasticity and volume. Because they are made up of skin and fat only, they are prone to tearing. This usually occurs in women who frequently enjoy wearing heavy earrings that can eventually stretch the piercing. Other cases may be caused by a sudden pulling of the earring from the ear, resulting in a tear.

There are 3 classifications of ear lobe tears:


This is characterized by a simple elongation and stretching of the existing hole in the ear lobe. This can be bothering as the earrings no longer stay or sit correctly in the earlobe. Heavy earrings can further elongate the piercing, making it worse.


The ear lobe has a complete tear and is unable to hold an earing.


This is characterized by two or more partial or full tears, often caused by multiple piercings.

The Procedure

  • The surgery to repair a torn or split ear lobe is very straightforward. It can be done under local anesthesia and usually takes one hour to complete.
  • The doctor will make an incision on the edges of the torn or stretched ear lobes, removing the excess parts when necessary, and stitch back the edges in either a straight or zigzag line.

Recovery After an Earlobe Surgery

  • Swelling and bruising around the ears is normal in the first several weeks.
  • Normal activities may be done the next day after the surgery, but contact sports or any pressure to the earlobe should be avoided. Sleeping on the ear lobe repair should also be minimized during the first week after surgery.
  • Earlobes may be re-pierced 6-8 weeks after the surgery.