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Earlobe repair surgery, also known as otoplasty in the context of earlobe correction, is a cosmetic procedure that reconstructs or reshapes a torn, stretched, or split earlobe. It addresses damage caused by:

  • Wearing heavy earrings for extended periods
  • Accidental injuries
  • Gauges (large piercings that stretch the earlobe)


The specific technique depends on the severity of the damage. Here’s a general overview:

  • Local anesthesia: The area around the earlobe is numbed with an injection.
  • Incision: A small incision is made on the backside of the earlobe, following the existing crease or tear as much as possible.
  • Tissue Repositioning: The surgeon removes any excess skin and precisely repositions the remaining tissue to achieve a symmetrical and natural-looking shape.
  • Sutures: Fine stitches are used to close the incision and create a clean closure.


  • Restores a normal appearance to the earlobe
  • Allows for comfortable wearing of earrings again
  • Improves self-confidence and reduces self-consciousness about the earlobes
  • Relatively simple and quick procedure with minimal scarring


  •  Surgical procedure with potential risks like infection, bleeding, and scarring, though scarring is typically minimal.
  • Requires some downtime for healing.
  • Discomfort or tenderness after surgery.


  • Non-surgical options: For minor tears, covering the tear with small sterile bandages may promote healing, but significant damage may require surgery.
  • Wearing smaller, lighter earrings: This can help prevent further stretching or tearing, but won’t address existing damage.

Recovery Time

  • Typically 1-2 weeks for initial healing, with limitations on activity and avoiding strenuous exercise.
  • Avoid sleeping directly on the repaired earlobe.
  • Stitches are usually removed within a week.
  • Full recovery with minimal restrictions can take up to 4-6 weeks.


This information is intended for general knowledge only and should not be a substitute for professional medical advice. Consulting a board-certified dermatologist, otolaryngologist (ENT specialist), or plastic surgeon is essential to discuss the risks, benefits, candidacy, and specific details of earlobe repair surgery. It’s important to choose a qualified surgeon experienced in this type of procedure.

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