Earlobe Repair


A split or torn earlobe is one of the most common aesthetic deformities of the ear. This can result from heavy earrings, an earlobe that is pierced in an improper position, or from trauma to the lobe. Regardless, it can cause distress to the patient who wants to continue to wear earrings or would like to restore symmetry to their earlobes. Fortunately, there is a simple and effective procedure that can fix these earlobe tears in the office.

Good Candidates

  • Split earlobe
  • Enlarged earring hole in earlobe
  • History of trauma to the earlobe

Anesthesia & Surgery Length

The procedure can be performed with local anesthesia alone, but IV sedation or laughing gas are available as well for your comfort. It typically takes less than one hour to complete in the office.


The degree of the earlobe tear helps to determine the type of repair needed. Small flaps are sometimes used to redesign the earlobe. Absorbable sutures are typically used, and due to their color and small size, they are well-camouflaged. Dr. Ringler uses specialized suturing techniques to minimize scar formation.


There is minimal discomfort after earlobe repair and if necessary, Tylenol is effective for any mild discomfort. Patients can return to work immediately following the procedure. In many cases, dissolvable sutures are placed, so no suture removal is necessary. Dr. Ringler would even re-pierce your ear for you if desired.

To schedule your consultation for an earlobe repair, call Knickerbocker Oral and Facial Surgery Phone Number 201-399-7707 or email us at [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

How is an earlobe repair formed?

If the earlobe is completely split, a small amount of skin is removed. The ends of the split earlobe are then sutured together with very small sutures.

Where is an earlobe repair performed?

Earlobe repair is performed in Dr. Ringler’s office.

What type of anesthesia is used for an earlobe repair?

Local anesthesia is required for the procedure, However, sedation is available as well.

How long does the procedure last?

An earlobe repair takes less than one hour to complete.

Are there scars after an earlobe repair?

Because the split earlobe is stitched together, a scar will form. This scar is typically a fine line that is difficult to detect.

How much pain is there after an earlobe repair?

There is minimal discomfort after an earlobe repair.

How much time off from work or school is required?

No time is required out of work or school after an earlobe repair.

When are the stitches removed after an earlobe repair?

After an earlobe repair, the stitches are usually removed or dissolve on their own in about a week.

When can the earlobe be re-pierced after an earlobe repair?

Sometimes Dr. Ringler will re-pierce the earlobe during the procedure. In some patients, the ear can be re-pierced after it has healed. Usually about four to six weeks is sufficient.

Are there any risks or complications?

All types of surgery have potential complications. Complications associated with an earlobe repair are excessive scar formation, dehiscence, infection, notching, and recurrence.

To schedule your consultation for an earlobe repair, call Knickerbocker Oral and Facial Surgery Phone Number 201-399-7707 or email us at Info.Ringler@ gmail.com.