Earlobe repair is a plastic surgery procedure that involves the removal of the damaged, torn, or weakened portion of the earlobe, and then repairing both the internal and external structures so that the earlobe strength and form are restored to their natural pre-stretched, or pre-damaged, appearance.
Earlobe repair procedures are performed in men and women, but are most common in women with weak earlobes who have worn heavy earrings for many years, and the earring gradually stretch and weaken the lobes to the point of tearing through. Other common scenarios are accidental tear-throughs when an earring catches on something and suddenly tears through the earlobe, or in cases of very large ear jewelry when the piercing is expanded and stretched on purpose.
Dr. Nicholas Vendemia performs earlobe repair in the New York metro area. We encourage you to contact us online or give Manhattan Aesthetic Surgery a call at 917-703-7069 to schedule a visit. Dr. Vendemia is a leading cosmetic surgeon in New York City with a reputation for custom care and beautiful results. You may also want to view our online Photo Gallery for before and after photos of real people like you who decided to have earlobe repair surgery for torn earlobes.
Earlobe Repair surgery fixes the following problems:
- Torn earlobes (when earrings get ripped out by accident)
- Weak earlobes (sagging that occurs after many years of wearing large, heavy earrings)
- Large or unattractive earlobes (earlobe reduction)
Will I need to take time off work to have earlobe repair surgery?
No. You could actually go right back to work after the procedure if you needed to, but we always recommend that you take off the same day that you are having the procedure so that you can go home an apply some ice to avoid excessive swelling. A single earlobe repair takes about 30-45 minutes, and a two-earrlobe repair takes about 90 minutes. The procedure is done under local anesthesia in the office, and you’ll barely feel a thing thanks to Dr. Vendemia’s gentle techniques and meticulous earlobe repair procedures.
When can I start wearing earrings again after earlobe repair?
We recommend that you wait at least 6 weeks before attempting to wear earrings again. Wearing earrings too early after the repair dramatically increases the chances that you will need to have another repair in the future. You have to wait until the repair is fully healed, which takes a minimum of 6 weeks.
How much does earlobe repair cost?
The price range for a single earlobe is anywhere from $900-$2000 depending on the complexity of your particular procedure, and whether or not it is a single earlobe or both earlobes that are being repaired. Watch out for bargain pricing with seemingly small procedures like this. The procedure is a small one, but it needs to be conducted meticulously and properly to ensure that the problem doesn’t reoccur within a few weeks, or the first time you try to wear earrings again. Bargains surgeons will often perform only 1/3 of the procedure where they remove the weakened portion of the earlobe, but only repair the skin. This leaves the internal structure of the earlobe unprepared, which is the most important step of the procedure to ensure an adequate repair.