Torn Earlobe Repair

tornlobes-3Many people experience torn earlobes from wearing heavy earrings or earrings which are pulled upon. Fortunately, torn earlobes can be easily repaired by Dr. Farella.


Earlobe repair surgery is among the most straightforward. If you have torn earlobes on both ears, the procedure is likely to be around an hour long. For surgery on only one ear, you can expect the procedure to be completed within 30 minutes.

It starts with the surgeon administering local anesthesia, which helps the patient to deal with any physical discomfort experienced during the procedure. Next, the surgeon will replace the damaged tissue by rearranging the soft tissue. While this is the standard procedure for treating complete tears or splits, for partial tears, the surgeon first removes the damaged tissue. Next, the surgeon uses sutures to stitch the earlobe together.

Am I a Good Candidate for Torn Earlobe Repair Surgery?

You’re likely to be considered a good candidate for a torn earlobe repair surgery if you:

  • Have damaged earlobes arising from tears or stretches.
  • Have earlobes that are either too big or too small since birth.
  • Have keloids or elongated earlobes
  • Have a noticeable hole in the earlobes due to gauging


Recovering from a torn earlobe repair surgery is usually a simple and straightforward. Typically, patients are prescribed medical ointments that they are required to apply on the treated area.

Patients may experience side effects such as swelling, soreness, and bruising. However, these side effects are almost always minor and can be managed through over-the-counter pain relief medications.

Patients should avoid placing pressure on the earlobe and should avoid sleeping directly on the ears. The use of abrasive soaps during bathing is not recommended during the recovery phase. Patients are also advised by surgeons to stay away from the sun for a few days following the surgery.

The best thing about torn earlobe repair surgeries is that patients rarely have to take any time off from their professional commitments and responsibilities. However, we recommend taking it easy for the first few days after the surgery.

Torn earlobes are repaired under local anesthesia in the office. Sutures can be removed in two weeks. You can re-pierce your ears in two months. It is highly recommended to avoid heavy and large dangling earrings.

Information on this page is not a substitute for medical consultation or advice. Please contact us to schedule an appointment to discuss the best treatments for you.

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