Earlobe Repair (Stretched or Split Earlobe Repair)

Aurora is now part of The Private Clinic, a nationwide group of clinics with over 35 years of experience specialising in Cosmetic Surgery and Skin and a Trust Pilot 5 star rating. For comprehensive information, before and after photos and costs on Earlobe Correction procedures click here.

Our expert Plastic Surgeon Adrian Richards is the Medical Director for The Private Clinic. Clinics are located in Birmingham, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Glasgow, London Harley Street, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton.

Earlobe repair is a quick and effective cosmetic surgery procedure to correct ears stretched by tribal ear piercing (flesh tunnels) or split earlobes torn when normal earrings rip.

Considering Earlobe Repair surgery?

Split earlobe repair is a procedure that Aurora Clinics provides for an earlobe which has torn entirely, as a result of overstretching or accidental tearing when wearing earrings. Stretched earlobe repair is a surgical procedure for people with stretched earlobes as a result of a tribal ear piercing, also known as a flesh tunnel.  Flesh tunnel repair surgery is performed in the same manner as split earlobe repair surgery, however it may take slightly longer.  An incision is made in the earlobes and then stitched to repair the affected area.  It is a relatively quick and simple procedure conducted under local anaesthetic.

How will it impact on your life?

When the earlobe is stretched to more than 8mm with a tribal ear piercing, it is unlikely that the hole will fully contract to its original size. This results in an abnormally shaped earlobe which is often difficult to hide with hair, especially for men with shorter hairstyles. If you feel that your stretched or split earlobes are affecting your appearance, social life and career, the surgical team at Aurora Clinics can provide the solution. Many of our patients have increased confidence in their appearance following surgery.

Is Earlobe Repair right for you?

Stretched earlobe repair surgery is performed under local anaesthetic and typically takes 20-30 minutes per earlobe. The Clinical Director of Aurora Clinics, Mr Adrian Richards, has devised his own technique for widely dilated earlobes which has provided consistently effective results. It involves removing the excess tissue and using fine internal and external stitches in the earlobe to create a normal shape. You can see the technique used in our videos.

Split earlobe repair with rotation flap is a technique which allows patients to safely and conveniently wear earrings two weeks post procedure instead of having to wait up to six months with the standard procedure. The length of this procedure takes between 30 -40 minutes per earlobe.

After your surgery and beyond…

After your earlobe repair surgery there will be small scars on the ears which will at first be red, but will eventually fade to a pale silvery colour. After 4-6 months the earlobe should look almost completely normal with no obvious signs of the previous piercing. Ears can be re-pierced 6 months after the operation has taken place.

The next step

We always encourage people to do as much research as they can when considering cosmetic surgery, so for more information on earlobe repair surgery: