I have Split Ear Lobes…now what?

Repairing a split earlobe is a pretty common event in our office yet we are surprised to learn that a lot of our patients had lived with split lobes for years. Unaware that repair was possible.

The whole process takes about 10 minutes per ear and is done in the office. We numb the ear with a shot of local anesthetic, remove the extra skin that has grown over the split, and repair it with sutures. And then you hop up and go along your way.

We need to remove the sutures at about 1 week and you can re-pierce the ear at about the 3 month mark. Problem solved!

Lee Corbett, MD

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Gauged Earlobe Repairs

More and more I am getting requests for closure of gauged earlobes. Many patients are entering the Military, where the rule is you cannot have a hole in the earlobe that you can see through. Others are just tired of wearing their gauges for a variety of reasons and are ready to ‘move on’.

The repair is done as an in-office procedure under local anesthesia. It usually takes about 15 minutes per ear. There is really no downtime after the procedure. You will have to have your sutures removed about a week later.

From the patient perspective, I think the procedure should be viewed as a reconstructive one. Depending of the size of the gauges, I am able to restore a normal appearance to the earlobe. However, it is unlikely that the lobes will be perfectly symmetric (see my last blog on symmetry) and there is a small scar left after the repair. The larger the gauges the more likelihood of more scarring and the greater chance for asymmetry. That being said, I have not had to revise any of the repairs due to patient dissatisfaction.

The cost for repair, assuming both ears are being treated, is typically $1000. I will occasionally lower that if the gauges were very small, but you should assume it will be $1000.

If you are interested in the procedure call our office at 502.721.0330 or you can contact us through our website at www.CorbettCosmeticSurgery.com

Lee Corbett, MD

Medical Director, Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MedSpa

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Split Earlobe repair. What’s this entail?

Split earlobes are fairly common, particularly amongst the women who had their heyday back in the ’80’s when larger, heavier earrings were the style. A second wave is also starting to hit my office with all of the gauging of earlobes. While a gauge deforms the lobe shape more than a common split, the repair process is fundamentally the same.

So what does the repair involve? Well, it’s actually a pretty quick procedure. I do it in the office and use local anesthesia. So the split or gauge area is injected with lidocaineĀ®. The lidocaine stings a little bit but this only lasts a matter of seconds. The area is numb almost immediately. We clean the ear off to sterilize the skin and then the repair is begun. You can’t sew skin to skin, it would separate the minute the sutures were taken out, so I need to cut away the skin thatĀ  lines the split or gauge. This literally takes about 20 seconds. Then the earlobe is sutured back together with a very fine stitch. You will have stitches on the front of the earlobe and on the back. Total repair time is usually 10 minutes or less and then you’re on your way!

Sutures come out in one week and you can re-pierce in 3 months.

Lee Corbett, MD

Medical Director Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MediSpa

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