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The ear lobe is composed of skin and fat, due to which it is more prone to tears than the thick, heavy cartilage found elsewhere on your ear. Ear Lobe Tear is a common cosmetic facial surgery. Earlobe tears are a common problem that occurs because of the elongation of earlobe piercings due to the wearing of heavy earrings. The earlobe repair is a minor surgery that is carried out if a person experiences a torn earlobe, gauged earlobe, or stretched earlobe.


The normal procedure involves cutting away of the skin lining the tear or piercing the tract, followed by removal of the excess tissue and finally suturing of the lobes back together. The sutures remain in place for one or two weeks which results in a smaller earlobe. Split earlobe repair is completed with a rotation flap that permits patients to soundly and handily wear earrings fortnight post-procedure rather than having to attend up to 6 months with the quality procedure. The length of this procedure takes between 30 and 40 minutes per earlobe. Sometimes, an incision is made in the earlobes and then stitched to repair the affected area. It is a relatively quick and simple procedure.

Recovery after earlobe repair surgery

After repair, sutures are removed 5-8 days after the procedure. The patient is advised to apply a thin layer of ‘Antibiotic Ointment’ on the area after the dressing is removed. The wound may have little drainage and should be protected from any injury.