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Earlobe Repair

Earlobe repair is a facial plastic surgery procedure to repair earlobes that have been stretched, torn, scarred, or otherwise damaged. If the earlobe has been torn, treatment involves refreshing the edges of the split and placing sutures to complete the repair. Keloid scars resulting from piercings can be injected or surgically removed.

Am I a candidate for earlobe repair?

Repair of the earlobes is a minor procedure that can correct a variety of cosmetic issues. You may be a candidate for earlobe repair if you have:

  • Elongated holes in the ears from wearing heavy earrings
  • Stretched earlobes
  • Tears from earrings being pulled
  • Keloid scars that developed with piercings

Why choose Ardesh Facial Plastic Surgery for earlobe repair?

  • We focus our practice exclusively on procedures of the face.
  • Dr. Ardesh is a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon.
  • He communicates clearly and honestly with his patients and produces aesthetically pleasing, normally functioning, natural-looking results.
Earlobe Repair

What can I expect with an earlobe repair procedure?

Earlobe repair is a simple, quick cosmetic procedure. It is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia in 45 minutes or less. After the earlobe is numbed, incisions are placed with care, and repairs are performed and closed with sutures.

Any keloid scars are surgically removed, preserving the maximum amount of normal tissue. The ears can be re-pierced at the time of treatment.

Is there any downtime after earlobe repair?

There is no downtime with earlobe repair. You may return to work or normal activities immediately after the procedure. Dr. Ardesh will provide you with wound care instructions to promote healing. New gold-studded earrings are placed in your new piercings during your follow-up visit one week after surgery. These should remain in place for four to six weeks.

I got my earlobe repaired with Dr. Ardesh and had the best experience. His staff is so friendly and makes you feel so welcome the moment you walk in (a very rare feeling in a Los Angeles surgeon's office). Dr. Ardesh walked me through the procedure and was so sweet throughout the whole operation. I was so relaxed I almost fell asleep during the procedure. Thank you so much Dr. Ardesh! And thank you Tiffany for holding my hand (literally and figuratively!).

- E.H.

Earlobe Repair FAQ


How does aging affect the earlobes?

With aging comes the loss of collagen and elasticity in the skin. As we grow older, the earlobes can begin to wrinkle and sag, along with the rest of the body. In addition to skin laxity, unlike the other facial features, earlobes and nose continue to grow over time.


How soon can I shower after earlobe repair?

As long as you exercise reasonable care, you can shower the day after earlobe repair. Do not scrub the surgical site. Avoid any trauma to your incisions.


Do I need to take it easy after earlobe repair?

Avoid strenuous exercise for 48 hours after earlobe repair to minimize discomfort and reduce the risk of bleeding.


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