Earlobes are susceptible to stretching and tearing over time as a result of wearing heavy earrings or ear gauges and plugs. Naturally elongated or misshapen earlobes may also be reduced with earlobe surgery.
Earlobe repair surgery usually involves cutting away small areas of skin between torn or stretched earlobes and then sewing the two raw earlobe sections together in a straight line on the front and back of the earlobe. This allows the earlobes to heal and naturally close the previous wound.
The procedure to surgically repair or reconstruct the earlobes and may be performed in clinic with only local anesthesia. The entire earlobe repair procedure takes about 20 minutes per ear to perform. There is very little discomfort and downtime experienced after earlobe repair surgery. Patients can expect to see final earlobe repair results within 6-8 weeks.