Earlobe Repair

Earlobe repair is done in cases of split earlobes and widened ear piercing holes. A split earlobe can be caused due to sudden trauma. While wearing heavy earrings on a regular basis can lengthen the piercing hole and eventually cause it to pull through over time. This is more common in people with thin earlobes.

There are several surgical techniques to correct the defect, and the correction depends on the existing cleft.

Earlobe defects can be divided into:

  • Partial cleft, which is the occurrence of cleft enlargement
  • Total cleft, which is the occurrence of lobe splitting into two parts


  • For Earlobe repair: Take a head bath before coming for the procedure.
  • Stop blood thinners, pain killers, high doses of Vit C & Vit E and Green tea.
  • Antibiotics may be required in selected cases if there is an infection on the fixing area.
  • In diabetic patients, blood sugars to be checked and maintained within normal limits.


First, the area will be cleaned with an antiseptic, then to numb the area local anesthesia is injected into and around the area that will be fixed.

With the help of a fine scalpel, the cosmetic surgeon will cut away the skin lining the hole to create a new wound, then add a few quick stitches to promote fast healing by holding the skin together. Different incision techniques can be used to repair the earlobe. The whole earlobe repair procedure takes about 20 to 25 minutes for each ear.

The patients are advised to inform the cosmetic doctor, if they notice increasing swelling, bruising or bleeding from the suture line after the procedure, suggesting inadequate hemostasis and if spreading redness or throbbing pain which suggests there might be an infection.


  • Dressing instructions should be strictly followed after the procedure.
  • Suture removal is usually done after 7-10 days.
  • For Ear lobe repair: mostly no head bath for 7 days.
  • If a patient wants an ear-piercing then it should be at least 45 days after the procedure.
  • Heavy earrings should be avoided at least for the first 3 months after the repair.