Earlobe Repair Surgery

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Earlobes can experience lengthening and damage due to age, genetics, and wearing heavy dangling earrings. Through earlobe repair or reduction, also known as otoplasty, you can experience a more attractive appearance of your ears. As women (and men too!) with pierced ears age, the earlobes tend to lengthen, and the hole can widen and split, especially for those who wear heavy earrings that pull down the lobe more than it would on its own. In addition, younger people enthusiastic about body modification may have found “gauging” fun and exciting while younger, but as they age, they tend to rethink the whole process and start to wonder if it can be reversed

Fortunately, whatever your situation is, there is a relatively simple procedure that can repair the damage that has occurred to your ears over the years known as otoplasty. Below is a list of frequently asked questions to help you decide if this is a process you might want to consider having done. Read on, or contact us today for more information about earlobe repair in Michigan!

The goal of this procedure, called otoplasty, is to not only restore a more youthful look, form, and function to your earlobe, but also to change the shape to a more desirable look.

During your initial consultation at our Michigan center for cosmetic surgery, the Skin & Vein Center, you will discuss the changes or repairs that you would like, as well as your desired results. The technique of otoplasty in Michigan will depend on the specific problem (such as earlobe tear repair). These procedures will take approximately 30 to 90 minutes to complete, and are performed using local anesthesia, along with a mild sedative. Often earlobe correction surgery is performed along with other facial surgery procedures, such as The One Hour Facelift or Neck Lifts.


The Earlobe Reduction Procedure will take out excess skin and tissue via a small incision that will then blend into the natural creases of the ear. The skin will be taken out and the area sutured, leaving a faint scar in the back of the earlobe.

About Otoplasty

Earlobe Repair Surgery procedure is generally used to repair gauged or torn earlobes. An earlobe repair procedure is performed under local anesthesia and takes about 30 minutes. An incision is made in the earlobe and the tear is repaired. There will be minimal scarring; however, you will need to heal for approximately eight weeks before your ear can be re-pierced.


With earlobe reduction or earlobe repair surgery procedure, you may be placed in a head dressing for compression. After the procedure, you will be sent home with instructions for care and suture removal, a prescription for an antibiotic and a mild pain reliever. You should be able to return to your normal schedule within a few hours.

Repair & Reduction

Earlobes can experience damage or lengthen for many different reasons. Earlobes can lengthen because of age or genetics, or as a result of wearing heavy earrings for long periods of time. In other cases, people have had their earlobes modified and now wish to return to an original state, some patients have suffered accidents or trauma that require earlobe surgery to repair the tear. A procedure called otoplasty, or earlobe correction surgery, can be used to restore the earlobes to a more youthful or natural look and form. The procedure can alter the size, position, or proportion of the ears.


If you are suffering from lengthening earlobes or earlobe damage, you should consult with an otoplasty specialist to discuss the repairs and/or changes you would like. There are different techniques that can be used depending on your desired results.

Earlobe Reduction

Earlobe correction surgery can take out excess skin and tissue that may be caused by earlobe lengthening. A tiny incision is made in the natural creases of the ear to blend in and become essentially invisible. The excess skin is then taken out and the area sutured. There will be a small, tiny scar behind the earlobe.

Earlobe Correction

Each procedure will take approximately 30 to 90 minutes to complete, and is performed by an otoplasty specialist using a local anesthetic. In some cases, a mild sedative may also be given for additional patient comfort. Torn earlobe surgery, used to repair torn earlobes, is performed under local anesthesia. A small incision is made and the tear is repaired with tiny sutures. There will be minimal scarring. Should you want to re-pierce your ears, you will need to allow approximately eight weeks of healing.

After earlobe correction surgery, you may be required to wear a head dressing that will compress the area for proper healing. Additionally, you will receive a prescription for an antibiotic and a pain reliever. Since the procedures are minimally invasive, you should be able to return to your regular activities in just a few hours.


If you are considering an earlobe repair or reduction, call us to set up a complimentary consultation. We can help you achieve the look that you desire, with all of our amazing cosmetic procedures and an otoplasty specialist!


What is earlobe reduction?

Earlobe reduction, called otoplasty, is used to restore a more youthful look, form, and function to your earlobe. It can be used for patients who have lengthening and damage due to genetic, age, or heavy dangling earrings.

Who is a good candidate for earlobe reduction?

Those with enlarged, torn, stretched, or damaged ear lobes are good candidates for this procedure, or anyone with damaged lobes or who has “gauged” their ears is a prime candidate for otoplasty. The patient should be a non-smoker, needs to be in good health, and cannot have a disease that impedes healing, such as diabetes or any other life-threatening illness.

What is the earlobe reduction procedure?

When repairing the ear, the surgery is performed with local anesthesia and the damaged lobe is stitched back together. Scarring will occur, but it will be minimal. When performing a reduction of the stretched-out lobe, the surgery is done under general anesthesia and the excess tissue is cut away, leaving a small scar behind the earlobe. Both procedures take approximately 30-90 minutes to perform .The procedure will remove excess skin and tissue using a small incision. The skin will be removed and the area sutured, leaving just a faint scar behind the ear.

What kind of anesthesia is used during earlobe reduction?

A local anesthetic is used during the procedure.

How can I prepare for earlobe reduction?

There is no special preparation required.

What can I expect during the procedure?

Under local anesthesia, excess skin is removed with a small incision. Then the area is sutured.

What can I expect post-procedure?

You may be directed to wear a compression head dressing. You will also receive instructions for care and suture removal, along with a prescription for an antibiotic and a mild pain reliever.

What is the recovery time for earlobe reduction?

You should be able to return to your normal activities within a few hours. There will be minimal scarring, however, you will need to heal for approximately eight weeks before you have your ear re-pierced.

What are the risks associated with earlobe reduction?

As with any surgical procedure, infection can be a risk. Other complications are usually infrequent and minor.

What is the cost for earlobe reduction?

The cost for earlobe reduction will be discussed at the time of the pre-operative visit.

How Long Does Earlobe Surgery Take to Heal?

The only side-effects after Earlobe Surgery are some mild-swelling, bruising or numbness in the area which should pass within a few days, and the recovery takes about one week.