Torn earlobes ,due to heavy or dangling earrings, are quite common. These tears may be complete (all the way through the earlobe, causing split earlobes) or incomplete (stretched out earlobes , causing droopy earrings). Fortunately, repair is generally straightforward and inexpensive.
Earlobe repair involves removal of the skin lining the tear, creating two raw surfaces which are sewn together with two to three layers of sutures. The earlobes may be repierced –in a slightly different location from the original piercing– at the same time. (Remember to bring a set of small studs with you.)
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia (xylocaine/lidocaine) in our Plano office. We have laughing gas available if you require some relaxation. Earlobe repair takes about 20 minutes per ear.
Cost for earlobe repair and repiercing (for a single, uncomplicated tear) is $425 for one ear and $725 for both ears. Earlobe reduction , repair of multiple earlobe tears, and repair of gauged earlobes are also available, though these are more involved procedures and have addition costs.
For more information, including before and after photos of earlobe repairs, please visit www.plasticsurgerydallas.com or call us at (469) 306-1774.
Ronald M. Friedman, M.D.
Director, West Plano Plastic Surgery Center
Former Chief of Plastic Surgery, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas