Earlobe repair procedure and results
Earlobe repairs are done as an outpatient, under local anesthesia, in the office. Because of this, most patients can drive themselves home.
The earlobe is cleaned, marked, and anesthetized before the repair begins. If the earlobe tear is partial and does not break through the bottom of the ear, the tear will be surgically removed and sutured shut. However, if the tear is in the lower third of the earlobe, Dr. Pratt may extend the tear completely before excising and suturing. In either case, tissue may be rotated. The wound is closed in layers to reduce tension from the outer part of the incision, and there is usually a fine scar when all is healed.
Earlobe surgery produces immediate and permanent improvements to the appearance of the earlobe. However, these results can be affected by ear stretching and heavy earrings.