Earlobe Repair Before and After | Ear lobe Surgery

Understanding Earlobe Repair: A Guide by Dr. Jean-Paul Leva

Earlobe repair is a personalized cosmetic procedure designed to restore the aesthetic look of damaged, stretched, or torn earlobes. It can also be used for earlobe reduction or to improve the appearance of large or pierced ears. This procedure is garnering significant attention across the nation, with an increasing number of individuals seeking professional intervention to address earlobe concerns. Such issues may range from elongated holes due to heavy earrings or gauges, sudden trauma, or even the result of earrings getting caught in clothing. Torn earlobe repair is within your reach.

Causes of Earlobe Damage

The causes of earlobe damage are multifaceted and can include:

  • Long-term use of heavy earrings or gauges, which can enlarge earlobe holes.
  • Earrings snagging on clothing or being pulled, causing accidental trauma.
  • Children tugging at earrings.
  • Multiple piercings placed too closely or too near the bottom of the lobe.
  • Sudden or unexpected trauma to the earlobe.

Your Consultation with Leva Medical

During your consultation at Leva Medical, our experienced team will conduct a comprehensive medical history review and physical examination. We'll discuss any health conditions that might affect wound healing or bleeding, such as diabetes, smoking, or certain medications and herbal preparations. Your personal goals will be addressed and the specific details of your earlobe condition evaluated, including the size and state of the hole and surrounding tissue.

The Procedure: Earlobe Surgery

Ear lobe surgery is performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis, earlobe repair at Leva Medical typically takes about 30 minutes. The earlobe is meticulously cleaned and anesthetized, followed by careful removal of excess skin. Depending on your individual situation, tissue may be rotated to achieve the desired results. The wound is then closed in layers, alleviating tension on the outer part of the incision, which usually results in a minimal scar once healed. Our gallery of photos of surgeries performed provides an insight into individual results, but remember, these can vary from patient to patient.

Recovery and Timing of Re-piercing

Most patients can resume their regular activities the very same day, or the following day at the latest. Sutures used for skin closure may either be permanent or absorbable, depending on the unique aspects of each case. For those interested in re-piercing, we advise a waiting period of at least three months, with the new ear piercing ideally located at least 3mm away from the old site.

Costs and Payment Options

The cost of earlobe repair can vary depending on the intricacy of the repair, the duration of the procedure, and the geographical area. Generally, the cost can range from $500 to $2,000. At Leva Medical, we offer a variety of payment options to accommodate our patients' needs.

If you're considering an earlobe repair or have any questions regarding the procedure, contact our expert team at Leva Medical by clicking the "Book an Appointment" button to schedule a consultation. Under the guidance of experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jean-Paul Leva, we'll work with you to ensure your specific needs are met and you achieve the look you desire. Please take note that while our skilled plastic surgeon performs this and other facial plastic surgeries with care, final results may vary based on factors such as age, individual healing process, and the initial condition of the earlobe.


Earlobe repair surgery is a cosmetic procedure performed by board-certified plastic surgeons to restore the shape and contour of stretched, torn, or gauged earlobes. This procedure typically involves the removal of scar tissue, reshaping the earlobe, and suturing the area for healing.

Men and women, typically adults, who are dissatisfied with the size, shape, or condition of their earlobes due to piercings, trauma, or natural elongation are potential candidates for this procedure. Candidates should be in good health, with realistic expectations of the surgery's results.

Earlobe repair surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia in a surgeon's office. The plastic surgeon injects a local anesthetic to numb the area and make the patient comfortable. Then, the damaged tissue is trimmed and reshaped. The surgeon sutures the area in two layers with fine stitches, usually absorbable sutures, to promote healing.

After surgery, you can expect some discomfort and slight swelling, but these should resolve within the first week. The surgical site is typically covered with antibiotic ointment to prevent infection. Stitches, if not absorbable, are usually removed after a week. Patients are advised to avoid putting pressure on the repaired earlobe and to delay wearing earrings for several weeks.

The cost of earlobe repair can vary depending on the complexity of the repair, the duration of the procedure, and the geographical area. The cost generally ranges from $500 to $2,000.

In most cases, patients can re-pierce their ears about 3 months after the surgery, although this can depend on individual healing rates. The new piercing should ideally be placed at least 3mm away from the old site to avoid any complications.

Dr. Jean-Paul Leva is an experienced cosmetic surgeon who specializes in earlobe repair among other procedures at Leva Medical. His guidance ensures the specific needs of each patient are met and they achieve the desired look.

Scarring is typically minimal and will gradually fade over time. The specific technique used by your surgeon is designed to minimize scarring and to ensure the incision is as discreet as possible.

The results of earlobe repair are considered permanent. However, the earlobes could get damaged again due to the same factors that caused the initial damage, such as trauma or wearing heavy earrings.

Yes, stretched or gauged earlobes can be repaired. In these cases, the excess skin is removed, and the earlobe is reshaped and stitched back together. The goal is to restore a natural-looking earlobe contour.