How Much Does It Cost to Repair an Earlobe?
How much is earlobe repair? If you’re looking to close a stretched opening or fix a tear, this is likely one of the first questions on your list. While earlobe repair is considered minor surgery,… Read On
The Centre for Minor Surgery
5109 Steeles Avenue West – Unit 300
Toronto, ON M9L 2Y8
Phone: (416) 663-9649
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
There are many reasons women and men from Barrie, Mississauga, Kitchener, Oakville, and nearby cities come to The Centre for Minor Surgery for earlobe repair in Toronto. In some cases, the earlobes sag and become stretched because of heavy earrings or the natural aging process. Sometimes people who have intentionally stretched out their earlobes wearing gauges want the large holes closed up. Others are disfigured through an accident or injury.
Split earlobes are elongations or complete splits of an earlobe piercing usually as a result of the use of heavier earrings. The elongation extends the piercing hole downwards towards the bottom of the earlobe ultimately leading to a complete split of the lobe over time. Many women who frequently wear heavy earrings will experience the problem of partial then complete splitting of their earlobes; the problem usually occurs on both sides.
At CFMS, our plastic surgeons repair split earlobes using local anesthetic. The skin in the area of the elongated or split piercing is surgically removed to create a surface that will heal together cleanly and close the split. Contrary to common misconception, it is not enough to simply stitch the split back together.
Recovery time is minimal. Expect some minor swelling, bruising, and numbness in the earlobes for about 5 to 7 days. Stitches are removed approximately 10 to 14 days after the procedure.
It is important to understand that in repairing the split or elongated piercing, the surgeon completely closes up the hole for the piercing. If desired, a new piercing can be made adjacent to the site when the split has completely healed, which usually takes 6 to 8 weeks. Surgical techniques that attempt to leave a normal-sized piercing hole after surgery are unsuccessful and can create healing problems.
Split earlobe repair is not insured by OHIP. At our clinic, the price begins at $550 per earlobe and varies with the complexity of the surgery. You will be provided with a specific price before we start any surgery.
Keloids are a type of scar tissue that can form on the earlobes after piercing or other trauma to the skin. At CFMS, our surgeons are experienced in keloid removal and treatment; however, these scars have a high likelihood of redeveloping even with the best treatment protocol.
The medical term for earlobe repair surgery is lobuloplasty. It is a reconstructive plastic surgery procedure that restores the appearance of earlobes and is best performed by an experienced Royal College-certified plastic surgeon such as the ones at The Centre for Minor Surgery.
Discomfort after earlobe repair is typically minimal because the earlobes do not have a lot of nerves. Most patients use over-the-counter pain relievers to control discomfort.
The earlobes usually heal within 6 to 8 weeks, although patient experiences vary.
Sleep with your head elevated (in a recliner or propped up with pillows) for the first week to minimize swelling and avoid pressure on the ears.
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