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Ear Surgery Palo Alto

Ear SurgeryPiercing your ears puts the earlobes at risk for stretching, tearing, and keloid scarring (a benign growth on scar tissue). Because of their location, the tears are often split and are very visible. Earlobe repair surgery fixes the split and enables you to wear earrings again.

Who is a candidate?

People who have:

  • Torn earlobes or elongated piercing tracts may benefit from this procedure.

Intended Result

  • A torn earlobe will be repaired.
  • The scar from earlobe repair surgery is almost always imperceptible.

Procedure Description

  • Earlobe repair is a relative simple procedure.
  • To allow the lobe of the ear to heal back together, the surgeon cuts away the healed skin on the inside of the torn earlobe.
  • The fresh edges are sutured back together.

Recuperation and Healing

  • Sutures are removed after five days.
  • Note: Be careful not to have your ear re-pierced in the scar or just above the scar. The scar is weaker than the surrounding tissue so it will tear more easily. Have the new piercing done to the right or left of the scar.

Other Options

This procedure is the only option for earlobe repair.

Insurance Guidelines

Earlobe repair surgery is usually not covered by insurance. Our staff can assist you in making that determination.


The specific risks and the suitability of earlobe repair surgery for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.