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Split Earlobe Repair

Split earlobe repair is a simple, minor surgery that repairs a torn or stretched earlobe to its normal shape.
Prices from £1,500
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What is split earlobe repair?

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Many people suffer from torn earlobes because of years of wearing heavy earrings, a child pulling on their earring or simply catching earrings on something. Irrespective of whether the earlobe is torn partially or totally, it can be corrected.

The surgery is relatively straightforward and is conducted under local anaesthetic. The old ear hole is completely cut out to create 2 raw surfaces that can be stitched together in 3 layers. The scar may be a straight line or a zig-zag line to reduce the risk of notching of the ear lobe edge.

The stitches are dissolvable in the back of the ear and non-dissolvable in the front. The whole procedure takes approximately 20 mins for each side.

You will have minimal pain for a day or 2. Paracetamol can be taken if necessary. Follow the following post operative instructions to avoid excessive bruising or swelling. You can return to normal activities the next day, avoiding anything strenuous for 2 weeks. The scar will remain red for a few months but generally settles vey well. The ear can be re-pierced 3 months after surgery.

Split earlobe correction procedure

Procedure Time

30 mins


Local Anaesthetic

Nights in Hospital


Pain and Discomfort

1 day

Risks - Common

Bruising, swelling, temporary numbness,

Risks - Uncommon

Infection, bad scarring, asymmetry, bleeding

Follow-up Appointments

1 week (stitches removed), 3 months (after surgery)

Time Off Work

1 day

Sports and Exercise

2 weeks post-op - jogging, 4 weeks post-op - everything


2 weeks until final result scars continue to improve over 18 months. Ears can be re-pierced at 3 months

Split Earlobe Repair Before and Afters

How much does split earlobe repair cost?

Unilateral (1 ear) Split Earlobe Repair

From £1,500

Bilateral (Both ears) Split Earlobe Repair

From £2,142

If you are a prospective patient, please download the informed consent form below. This includes information about the treatment, potential risks and contraindications.

Earlobe Surgery Recovery

Instructions on discharge
  • The local anaesthetic will wear off approximately 1 hour after the procedure.
  • Paracetamol can be taken once the local anaesthetic has worn off.
  • If the surgery was to the head, sleep with the head slightly elevated on a few pillows for the first week and avoid bending with the head down.
Dressings Clinic
  • Wounds will be checked at the dressing clinic usually around a week after surgery.
  • No restrictions but avoid strenuous activities for the first week
Wound Care
  • The wound can be very gently washed and then pat dry.

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