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Earlobe Surgery in Los Angeles

Repair of Torn or Split Earlobes in Los Angeles

Torn earlobes are common in both men and women. The earlobe piercings may become stretched with time as a result of trauma, an accident, heavy earrings, or a gradual loss of supportive earlobe tissue. Stretched earlobes can become quite cumbersome to patients who like to wear earrings or keep their hair up. On your initial consultation, Dr. Karamanoukian will discuss treatment options for your torn earlobes that depend on whether the earlobe piercing is stretched or completely torn through the earlobe.


Mild Enlargement of the Earlobe without disruption of the earlobe edge.

Severe Enlargement of the Earlobe without disruption of the earlobe edge.

Severe Enlargement of the Earlobe with disruption of the earlobe edge.

Stretching of the entire Earlobe with ear piercings - dilators.


Torn or split earlobes can be repaired using meticulous plastic surgery techniques that use only local anesthesia. The procedures are well tolerated by children and adults and are performed in the office.

Techniques for torn or split earlobe repair begin by first determining the extent of the tear and then freshening up the edges of the tear. It is usually best to wait until a tear is completely healed unless you come to the office within the first twenty four hours after a major tear. After the earlobe tear is freshened up, it is sewn together using small sutures to align the edges together. The surgery is performed in the office and you are able to return to work or home immediately afterwards. A small dressing is applied to the wound for several hours and this should be removed before going to bed that evening. The sutures can be absorbable or permanent and may not need to be removed after surgery.

Dr. Karamanoukian will then instruct you on the care of the repair and will often perform the repiercing in the office within several months of the repair.

Kare Plastic Surgery provides comprehensive plastic surgery services in the Los Angeles area.  Our offices are easily accessible from the surrounding areas, including Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Woodland Hills, Northridge, Hidden Hills, Porter Ranch, Chatsworth, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Burbank, Glendale, Valencia, and Hollywood.

If you are interested in a consultation to discuss your torn earlobes or split earlobes, please contact our two Los Angeles offices by calling (310) 998-5534 to schedule an appointment.

Schedule a consultation for earlobe repair in Los Angeles by calling (310) 998-5533.  Dr. Karamanoukian is an expert on scar revision, torn earlobe repairs, piercing scars, gauge piercing scars and ear reconstruction.  Our office performs complete ear reconstruction in the case of ear lobe injury or congenital aplasia.  Earlobe repair can be performed in an outpatient setting with local anesthesia.  Results are immediate and recovery is complete within one week.


Gauge Ear Piercings are quite common in the general public.  Patients with gauge ear piercings progressively dilate the earlobes in order to fit a larger caliber or gauge piercing.  This progressive enlargement of the earlobes can occur over months or years.  Often, gauge earlobe piercings are removed and the earlobe does not resume its natural contour or shape.  In these situations, gauge earlobe tears can be repaired using traditional plastic surgery techniques.  Dr. Karamanoukian is an expert on earlobe tears, earlobe reconstruction, and gauge earlobe deformities.  In the case of gauge earlobes, the stretched earlobe remnants do not naturally resume normal contour and necessitate operative intervention. 

Operative repair of gauge earlobe deformities can be performed under local anesthesia.  Most cases require a small surgical procedure without significant downtime or debility.  Patients are able to resume normal activities and normal work duties within hours of the procedure.  If you are interested in gauge earlobe repair, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Karamanoukian by calling (310) 998-5533.

Frequently Asked Questions About Earlobe Repair: 


Q: Can I have my earlobes repaired immediately after a tear?

A: Our office specializes in earlobe reconstruction and repair. Patients seek repair in the acute period when a tear has just occurred, or months or years after an earlobe tear has healed. We have had patients who have had a torn earlobe for decades and now wish to have them repaired.


Q: Do earlobe repairs require stitches?

A: Most earlobe repairs require a technique known as layered closure, in which several layers of stitches are placed within the fatty tissue of the earlobe and the skin. The deeper sutures often are absorbable, whereas the skin sutures are often non-absorbable and require removal.


Q: How long do the stitches stay in after an earlobe repair?

A: Sutures are usually removed once the skin and soft tissue of the earlobe has healed. In most cases, sutures are removed at approximately the one-week point after surgery.


Q: Can I repierce my ears after earlobe repair?

A: Once the sutures are removed from your earlobe repair, we advise patients to wait a short period before repiercing their ears. Our office offers earlobe piercing services by appointment.


Q: How do I know where to repierce my ears?

A: We usually advise patients to repierce their ears in a spot that is different than the site of the earlobe tear, if possible. After the earlobe repair has healed, our office will help you determine the site of your new piercing. 


Pre-operative instructions for torn earlobe repair. 

Once you have scheduled your appointment for earlobe repair with the Los Angeles plastic surgery practice of Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, you will be asked to arrive about one half hour before the procedure time.  Preoperative instructions for earlobe repairs are relatively straightforward.  We ask that you eat healthy and avoid restrictive diets or fad diets prior to your surgery in order to maximize your potential to heal.  Patients are also asked to avoid any type of blood thinner, including aspirin, ibuprofen, and other blood thinning agents.  If you need a full list of medications to avoid, simply ask our office staff to fax or email you a copy of the medications.   Earlobe repair is performed as an outpatient procedure and thus you may eat a light meal prior to your arrival.   Since you will undergo the procedure under local anesthesia, you may drive home thereafter and resume normal activities (non-strenuous) after surgery.

Earlobe Keloids:

Keloids are very common on the earlobes and usually result from ear piercings that have either become infected or inflamed. Allergic reactions, ear piercing infections, acute inflammation, and trauma can all lead to keloid formation.  Earlobe keloids tend to grow in an unpredictable fashion and may increase in size during periods of stress, pregnancy, or immune dysfunction. Keloids on the earlobes are more commonly found when compared to ear helix keloids on the ear rim. The most common treatment for earlobe keloids is surgical excision and layered closure. 

Earlobe Volume Loss: 

The earlobe is an often-neglected part of the face.  Earlobe volume loss is a source of discontent among men and women who desire a more plump or voluminous earlobe.  Our office provides patients with flaccid or hanging earlobes a volume-enhancing treatment with Restylane or Juvederm to help fill-in and volumize the earlobes. Dr. Karamanoukian uses hyaluronic acid fillers to add volume to the earlobe using local anesthesia. The result is a more youthful and plump earlobe. 

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