Our team of board-certified surgeons specializes in repairing torn or damaged earlobes due to trauma or gauge earrings. Gauge earrings have become increasingly popular in the last several years. As patients age, they often outgrow this phase of their life and elect to have their gauge earrings surgically repaired or closed.
Earlobe repair is a very simple procedure, often performed in 30 minutes at one of our office locations. There are various grades of repair when it comes to gauge earrings. Some holes are small and many patients attempt to increase the size of this hole over time.
A torn earlobe is repaired easily if there is no loss of soft tissue. If there is loss of soft tissue due to a small or large hole, new tissue will need to be brought in to close the hole. When the earlobe is torn, the tear may be repaired easily using the skin that is already present.
In contrast, gauge earrings leave a hole devoid of tissue. To repair this hole, one of our experienced surgeons will replace three layers of soft tissue to seamlessly close the void. These layers are borrowed from other areas of the external ear. Tissue is typically taken from the area behind the hole (away from the face) or from other skin on the back of the earlobe.
Who is a candidate for earlobe or gauge repair?
Healthy men, women and children who are seeking to repair a torn or altered earlobe are candidates for earlobe repair. Surgery may be performed on any patient over the age of 4. Ideal patients are in good overall health and have realistic expectations of what this procedure can accomplish.
We always place patient safety first and carefully screen patients to determine their candidacy. Your surgeon will recommend the best course of treatment to reduce the risk of complications while delivering the best aesthetic results.
What is the procedure like?
Our facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons are experienced in a wide array of state-of-the-art ear repair and reconstruction techniques. Earlobe or gauge repair may be performed at one of our office locations under local anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preference and age. When performed on very young children, ear repair may be carried out in a hospital setting.