Split Earlobe Repair
Ear lobes can be fully or partially torn due to heavy earrings or trauma (often caused by a child or pet). When the wound heals, there is a visible split that may extend to the bottom of the earlobe.
Some patients who have used ear stretchers in the past would like to return their ear lobes to their original dimensions. Other patients would like surgery to correct ear lobes which have been too large or deformed since birth. In such cases, the goal is to harmonize the aesthetic proportions of the ears.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does split earlobe surgery entail and what are the potential risks and complications associated with this procedure?
The surgery is done under local anesthesia. Dr Zadeh removes the skin in the area of the split to create a surface that will heal together cleanly and closes the split with fine sutures. Contrary to common misconception, it is not enough to simply stitch the split back together. If desired, a new piercing can be made adjacent to the site where the split has completely healed which usually takes 6 to 8 weeks. Recovery time is minimal and stitches are removed 10 to 14 days after the surgery.
What is the cost of ear lobe surgery?
The final cost depends on your corrective needs. However, additional charges may apply if the patient has a particular condition or if different surgeries are combined.