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Ear Surgery

A torn earlobe is a condition where the ear lobe has been partially or completely split or separated due to trauma, injury, or stretching. The ear lobe is the soft, fleshy lower part of the ear that is made up of skin and fat. Torn ear lobes are typically caused by accidental trauma, such as a sudden pull or tug on an earring or by wearing heavy earrings for a prolonged period of time.

Torn earlobes can range in severity from a small split to a complete tear, and they can be very painful and uncomfortable. In addition, torn earlobes can be a cosmetic concern, as they can alter the shape and appearance of the ear.



Pain is often the first and most noticeable symptom of a torn ear lobe. The pain can vary from mild to severe and may be constant or intermittent.


A torn ear lobe can cause bleeding, which can be mild or significant depending on the severity of the tear. The bleeding may stop on its own or require medical attention.


Swelling is another common symptom of a torn ear lobe. The area around the tear may become swollen and tender to the touch.

Redness and inflammation:

The affected area may become red and inflamed, which can indicate an infection.

Difficulty wearing earrings:

A torn ear lobe may make it difficult or impossible to wear earrings, as the weight of the earring can exacerbate the tear and cause further discomfort.

Changes in the appearance of the ear:

A torn earlobe can alter the shape and appearance of the ear, making it appear asymmetrical or misshapen.

It’s important to seek dermatologist attention if you experience any of these symptoms, as a torn earlobe can be a serious injury that requires prompt treatment to avoid complications such as infection or scarring. Early intervention can also increase the chances of a successful repair and minimize the risk of long-term damage.

Tips and advice for patients recovering from a torn earlobe repair:

Recovering from a torn earlobe repair can take several weeks, and it’s important to follow our expert dermatologist’s instructions to ensure proper healing. Here are some tips and advice for patients recovering from a torn earlobe repair:

Keep the area clean and dry:

It’s important to keep the area around the torn earlobe clean and dry to avoid infection. Avoid getting the ear wet for at least 48 hours after the procedure, and follow our dermatologist’s instructions for cleaning the area.

Avoid touching or pulling on the ear:

It’s important to avoid touching or pulling on the ear while it’s healing, as this can cause further damage and delay the healing process.

Avoid sleeping on the affected side:

Sleeping on the affected side can put pressure on the ear and delay the healing process. Try to sleep on the opposite side or on your back until the ear has fully healed.

Take pain medication as directed:

Our dermatologist may prescribe pain medication to help manage pain and discomfort during the recovery period. Take the medication as directed, and don’t hesitate to contact our clinic if you have any concerns.

Avoid strenuous activities:

Strenuous activities such as exercise or heavy lifting can delay the healing process and increase the risk of complications. Avoid these activities until our dermatologist clears you to resume them.

Treatments for Ear Lobe Tear

Don’t worry, Dermatologists have immense experience in performing a range of ear lobe repair surgeries. Here, Ear Lobe Tear problems are mostly treated by local anaesthesia. The normal procedure involves cutting away of the skin lining the tear or piercing the tract, followed by removal of the excess tissue and finally suturing of the lobes back together. The sutures remain in place for one or two weeks which results in a smaller earlobe.

Split earlobe repair is completed with a rotation flap that permits patients to soundly and handily wear earrings fortnight post-procedure rather than having to attend up to 6 months with the quality procedure. The length of this procedure takes between 30 and 40 minutes per earlobe. Sometimes, an incision is made in the earlobes and then stitched to repair the affected area. It is a relatively quick and simple procedure.

Indications for Earlobe repair surgery

Earlobes greatly impact the proportions and aesthetics of the face. It is an erogenous(Part of the body) zone with high sensitivity and is also a place to hang jewellery that enhances the appearance. So any damage to the ear lobe should be repaired by ear lobe repair surgery. Earlobes may be damaged due to stretching, gauging, wearing heavy earrings, deformity, or injury. Earlobe reconstruction surgery can repair:

  • Saggy ear lobes due to the effect of wearing heavy earrings.
  • Unattractive ear lobes due to improper piercing technique or infection.
  • Ear lobes with congenital or deformities of the shape and size of the earlobe.
  • Deformity or scarring due to traumatic injury to one or both ear lobes.
  • Enlarged holes due to intentional stretching or gauging of the ears for fashion.

Steps/Procedures in an earlobe repair surgery

Ear lobe repair surgery is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is performed to repair a split or stretched earlobe, to reshape or reduce the size of an enlarged earlobe, or to repair damage caused by ear gauges. The following are the general steps involved in ear lobe repair surgery.


Before the surgery, our expert dermatology surgeon will administer local anaesthesia to numb the area around the earlobe. This will help to minimize discomfort during the procedure.


Our expert dermatology surgeon will make an incision in the earlobe, typically along the border of the earlobe where it meets the face. The incision will be made with a scalpel or surgical scissors.

Tissue removal:

If the earlobe is stretched or enlarged, our expert dermatology surgeon will remove excess tissue to reshape the earlobe. If the earlobe is split or damaged, our dermatology surgeon will remove any scar tissue and carefully suture the edges of the earlobe back together.


Our expert dermatology surgeon will use fine sutures to close the incision and hold the earlobe in place. The sutures will be placed in a way that minimizes scarring and promotes healing.


Once the sutures are in place, our surgeon will apply a dressing to protect the earlobe and promote healing. The dressing may need to be changed periodically in the days following the surgery.


NINAD CLINIC is one of the leading centers for the treatment of diseases of the ear, nose, and throat in Pune Maharashtra. Established by Dr. ASHWINI HANDAL in 2019, Serving with the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.

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