Daniel Y. Maman, MD FACS

Earlobe Repair

Earlobe repair procedures can restore stretched or split earlobes even after years of heavy earrings or large gauge piercings.

What is Earlobe Repair?

Earlobe reconstruction is a simple surgical procedure that repairs your stretched, torn, or split ears by closing and reshaping the lobes. 

Traditionally sought by older patients who add earlobe repair to facial rejuvenation surgeries, the popularity of gauges and heavy earrings have increased the number of 18–30-year-olds wanting to restore their earlobes’ natural shape.

Dr. Daniel Y. Maman is a Harvard-educated, board-certified plastic surgeon who is as well known for his surgical skills as his bedside manner. His office offers the latest in earlobe repair techniques, along with an exceptional standard of patient care. 

Our commitment to your health and goals is evident throughout our process.  With in-depth preliminary consultations and concierge-level pre- and post-surgical care, Dr. Maman delivers some of the top plastic surgery results in NYC and beyond.

How Does It Work?

Most of your ear is made of cartilage, but your earlobes are composed of skin (areolar) and fat (adipose) tissue. While flexible and strong, your earlobes are more susceptible to injury than the rest of your ear.

Just like it does when you have a paper cut, your body tries to heal an ear piercing by creating new skin to close the wound. But instead of using a bandaid to help the raw edges of your cut stitch themselves back together, a piercing intentionally separates unhealed skin with a post that forces your skin to heal circumferentially. 

This tunnel of healed skin makes it easy for you to change earrings frequently or leave them out for a few weeks, but it also means your earlobe can’t fully heal if your piercing is injured or stretched.

Earlobe repair procedures have several goals:

  • Restore your earlobe tissue to a uniform, unmarred state
  • Heal any damage from partial or complete tears, allergic reactions caused by your jewelry, or other deformities
  • Adjust the size and contour of your earlobe for maximum aesthetic appeal

Types of Earlobe Injuries

Earlobe tears can be partial, which means they don’t extend to the bottom of your ear, or full, which means that the tear results in a completely split earlobe. 

Dilation (a stretched earlobe), which can be intentional, like gauging, or unintended, usually resulting from years of wearing heavy earrings.

Ptosis, or significant drooping of your earlobe, which can be caused by gauging or weighty jewelry. It’s also a common consequence of the natural aging process. 

Repair Process

Earlobe repairs are performed under local anesthesia. For tears, splits, and dilations, Dr. Maman uses a scalpel or special punch tool around the gap in your earlobe to remove any scar tissue and create raw skin edges that can be sutured internally and externally as part of a new healing process.

Ptosis repairs usually require an earlobe reduction and are done by either removing a pie-shaped piece of tissue from the center of your earlobe or by excising the outer edge of your entire lobe. 

Repairs Using Fillers

If you are hoping to simply restore the fullness of your earlobe or reduce the visibility of old piercings, Dr. Maman can inject dermal fillers like Restylane or Juvederm into your earlobe. These fillers add volume, smooth lines, and minimize the appearance of piercing holes. 

The effect will last longer than using fillers in your face, but it’s still temporary and you’ll need to adhere to a schedule to maintain your results.

The Procedure

Before surgery, we provide:

  • 60- to 90-minute in-depth initial consultations with a physical assessment by Dr. Maman
  • Multiple pre-op visits to answer all your questions and make sure you’re recovery-ready
  • Specialized surgery coordinators to help you navigate financial and insurance processes

Once you’ve moved forward with surgery, we make sure you’re just as cared for. You’ll get:

  • Multiple sites across NYC where your surgery can take place
  • Complimentary aftercare visits for the first year following surgery

Personalized, Holistic Patient-Centered Approach

Understanding each patient’s personal and clinical needs is central to our practice. We customize treatment plans for each patient, and each patient receives Dr. Maman’s personal contact information along with direct round-the-clock access to our nurse and surgical coordinator

“I am so blessed and you would be too to have him as your doctor. He continues to check on me to make sure I am healing and that everything is going well. Thank you, Dr. Maman!”

Results & Recovery

Earlobe repair is a simple procedure that can be performed in a single appointment. 

Our staff will coordinate your post-operative care and make certain you know exactly what to expect from each visit. You will return to our office about one week post-surgery so Dr. Maman can ensure you’re healing well and remove your sutures.

All your aftercare visits for the first year post-surgery are provided at no extra cost. 

Don’t let your ears make you self-conscious when these issues are easy to fix.

For more information, read our FAQs below. 

See our other patients’ outstanding results. Let’s find the right approach for you and the results you’re looking for.

Meet Dr. Daniel Y. Maman, Board-Certified NYC Plastic Surgeon

A Harvard fellowship-trained plastic surgeon with post-doctoral training at the prestigious Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, Dr. Maman has appeared on the New York Times Top Doctors and Super Doctors in Plastic Surgery lists. 

Dr. Maman is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery-certified. This recognition is granted only after six years of rigorous education training in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He’s also a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  

Whether your reasons for breast augmentation surgery are personal, clinical, or both, you deserve an exceptionally well-trained, professional who is more than just a surgeon, but a partner in your care. 

Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

Basic Earlobe Repair FAQs

How much do you charge for earlobe repair in NYC?
Because earlobe injuries require individualized treatment plans, pricing varies from person to person. Dr. Maman conducts a detailed assessment of your goals in your initial consultation and then provides you with an itemized price quote to help you make your decision.
Am I a good candidate for earlobe repair?
If you’re generally healthy, do not have a history of keloids or severe scarring, and have an earlobe injury, you’re likely a good candidate for an earlobe repair surgery. Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Maman is the best way to determine if this procedure is right for you.
What causes earlobe damage or deformity?

Poor placement of your original piercings can cause torn earlobe tissue, as can excited children pulling on your jewelry or earrings snagging on something like your clothing.

Gauging, or intentionally stretching the skin of your earlobe over time with increasingly larger jewelry, is a common earlobe deformity. This type of dilation deformity can also be caused by wearing heavy earrings for many years.

Ptosis, or drooping earlobes, can be caused by age or by dilation injuries.

Dr. Maman also repairs congenital malformations or deformities resulting from ear traumas.

Where will my surgery be performed? How long will it take?
Dr. Maman usually performs earlobe repairs at his NYC, AAAASF-certified surgical suite. He also has operating privileges at Mount Sinai Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, and Englewood Hospital. We work with you to select the best facility for your needs.

An earlobe repair takes anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes per ear.

What will my incisions look like, and where will they be?
If Dr. Maman chooses a wedge incision for your repair, you will have a small, minimally visible vertical scar on your earlobe.

If you want to reduce both the width and length of your earlobe, Dr. Maman will likely use a peripheral margin technique, with your scar running along the back of your earlobe.

Whichever technique Dr. Maman uses, following our detailed incision treatment protocols will significantly reduce the potential for scarring.

How long will my recovery period be?
Earlobe repair recovery is one of the shortest and simplest recoveries in modern plastic surgery. Most patients manage their pain with over-the-counter medications. The surgical site will be covered with gauze that can be removed after the first day. Remember to keep your incision clean and apply triple antibiotic ointment three times a day.

You should not sleep on your ear(s), put pressure on the repaired tissue, or submerge your ear(s) in a bath or pool until after your sutures are removed, but you can shower and work out 24 hours after your surgical procedure.

It is normal for your earlobes to have a slightly bumpy texture, light bruising, and general redness after surgery, but all these conditions will fade over time.

How long do I have to wait post-procedure before I can have my ears re-pierced?
If you want to wear earrings again, healed earlobes can be re-pierced four–to–six weeks after your surgery. If you wish to re-pierce your ears, we strongly recommend you have Dr. Maman do it for you to ensure your results are maintained.
Will I have to pay for follow-up visits after my surgery?
Because we value our patients’ health and satisfaction above everything else, we don’t charge for post-operative visits, whether they are part of your detailed follow-up plan during the first year after surgery or the annual visits that we recommend to ensure your results are maintained.

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