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Reconstruction of Torn Earlobes: Cosmetic Ear Surgery Options

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Elder lady smilingDr. Kimberly Henry is proud to provide the people of San Francisco with some of the best surgical and non-surgical treatments in the region. She offers cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery that can enhance the way you look as well as the way you feel about yourself.

Many people who come to our practice have minor cosmetic issues that they’d like to get addressed. For instance, we’ve been helping more and more people deal with problems affecting their earlobes, a topic we’d like to explore in more detail right now.

Causes of Torn Earlobes and Split Earlobes

In general, the most common causes of torn earlobes are trauma to the ear and excessive weight or strain placed on the earlobes over a prolonged period of time. In the case of weight and strain, this is a common issue with gauging of the earlobes, which can leave the earlobes looking stretched out an unsightly.

How Torn Earlobes Can Affect People

If you have earlobes that are torn or stretched, they can have a major impact on your overall appearance. Some people may feel quite self-conscious about their earlobes being split, stretched, or torn. This is especially of concern when interviewing for jobs or being involved in any sort of occupation in which you are the public face of a company.

Rather than being overly self-conscious about your earlobe appearance, there are many cosmetic surgery solutions to consider that can help you look your best.

Options for Earlobe Repair

The most common treatment for earlobe repair is a delicate surgery that is performed under local anesthetic with optional patient sedation. The surgery will remove part of the interior slit or hole from the torn earlobe, with the remaining tissue carefully sutured together in a manner that is as seamless as possible. In many cases, the surgery is done on an outpatient basis and takes just 20 to 30 minutes to perform.

Risks and Benefits of Earlobe Repair

The risks of earlobe repair are relatively minor since the procedure is minimally invasive and done quickly. That said, there is a minor risk of potential infection as there is with any kind of surgical procedure.

The benefits of earlobe repair surgery are many, though the most notable is that the results can be extremely good, and surgeons take great care to minimize scarring to ensure natural results. Following earlobe, patients will not feel as self-conscious about the appearance of their ears.

Will Insurance Cover My Earlobe Repair?

This can vary from patient to patient depending on the nature of the earlobe injury. It’s best to check directly with your insurance provider to learn if your procedure is eligible for some coverage.

Can I Get My Ears Pierced Again After Surgery?


After roughly eight week of healing and recovery, your earlobes will be healthy enough to get pierced again.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Kimberly Henry

For more inflammation about cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery, be sure to contact our cosmetic skin care and plastic surgery center today. Dr. Kimberly Henry and her team will work closely with you to ensure optimal aesthetic results.

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