Split Earlobe Repair

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Welcome to City Dermatology Clinic, London’s leading choice for Split Earlobe Repair. Located in the City of London and on Harley Street, we are dedicated to expertly restoring the natural look of your earlobes. Our team, comprising top dermatological surgeons, offers personalised, innovative treatments designed to meet your specific needs. Committed to your well-being, we ensure a comforting and professional experience, helping you regain confidence in your appearance.

Split Earlobe Repair is a specialised surgical procedure to correct earlobes that have been stretched, torn, or split, often due to injury, piercing, or the long-term wear of heavy earrings. This treatment aims to restore the natural shape and appearance of the earlobes, enhancing both aesthetic appeal and functionality. Performed by skilled surgeons, the process involves carefully reshaping and suturing the split parts of the earlobe, using precise techniques to ensure minimal scarring and optimal healing. Treatment options may vary from simple suturing for minor splits to more complex reconstruction for severely damaged earlobes. This outpatient procedure is typically quick, with recovery times relatively short, allowing for a swift return to daily activities.

Patients choose City Dermatology Clinic for their ear correction needs because of our commitment to excellence and personalised care:

City Dermatology Clinic provides a comprehensive suite of earlobe treatments, catering to a wide range of aesthetic and medical needs:


  1. Earlobe Repair: This treatment addresses torn or split earlobes, often resulting from injury, piercing, or heavy earring use. The procedure involves the surgical correction and suturing of the earlobe to restore its natural shape and appearance. It’s ideal for those looking to repair damage and achieve a natural-looking earlobe.

  2. Earlobe Reduction: Tailored for individuals with naturally large or elongated earlobes, earlobe reduction surgery reshapes and sizes down the earlobes to achieve a more proportionate and aesthetically pleasing appearance, enhancing facial symmetry.

  3. Stretched Earlobe Surgery: Designed for patients with earlobes stretched by gauges or plugs, this surgery repairs and reconstructs the earlobe by removing excess skin and closing the gap. The goal is to return the earlobe to a more traditional appearance.

  4. Ear Fold Surgery: This option is perfect for correcting prominent ears, providing a more discreet and natural ear position relative to the head. Ear fold surgery involves the placement of small implants within the ear to adjust its fold and position, offering a less invasive alternative to traditional otoplasty.

  5. Keloid Ear Surgery: Focused on the removal of keloid scars that can form as a result of ear piercing, this surgery involves the careful excision of keloid tissue and, if necessary, the application of treatments to minimise recurrence. It is a relief for those suffering from painful and unsightly keloid formations.


Local anaesthetic is used during earlobe treatments to ensure a pain-free and comfortable experience for the patient. This type of anaesthesia numbs only the treatment area, allowing the patient to remain awake and alert without feeling any pain during the procedure. A local anaesthetic is administered directly into the earlobe via injection, taking effect quickly to block nerve signals in the specific area being treated. It’s a safe and effective method for various earlobe surgeries, including repair, reduction, and keloid removal, ensuring that patients experience minimal discomfort both during and shortly after the procedure. The use of local anaesthesia allows for a quicker recovery period, enabling patients to return to their daily activities with minimal downtime.

Your doctor at City Dermatology Clinic will discuss the full details of your earlobe repair procedure during your consultation, ensuring you have a thorough understanding of the process. Below is an overview of what you can typically expect:


  1. Consultation: Your journey begins with a detailed consultation, where your doctor assesses the extent of the earlobe damage, discusses your aesthetic goals, and explains the procedure, including risks and recovery expectations. This is a great opportunity to address any concerns or questions you might have.

  2. Preparation: On the day of the surgery, the earlobe area is cleaned and prepared for the procedure. Photos may be taken for medical records and to compare before and after results.

  3. Local Anaesthesia: A local anaesthetic is administered to the earlobe to numb the area, ensuring you feel no pain during the repair. The anaesthesia takes effect quickly, allowing the procedure to proceed comfortably.

  4. The Repair Process: Using precise surgical techniques, your surgeon will remove any scar tissue and delicately align the torn edges of the earlobe. The earlobe is then stitched back together with fine sutures, focusing on minimising scar formation and achieving a natural-looking result.

  5. Sutures: The type of sutures used can be dissolvable or non-dissolvable, depending on the specific case and surgeon’s preference. Dissolvable sutures are absorbed by the body over time, while non-dissolvable sutures require removal after a few weeks.

  6. Immediate Aftercare: Post-procedure, you’ll receive instructions on how to care for the earlobe as it heals, including cleaning and dressing the wound. You may be given a prescription for pain relief if necessary, although discomfort is typically minimal.

  7. Follow-up: A follow-up appointment is usually scheduled to monitor the healing process, remove sutures if needed, and ensure the best possible outcome.

  8. Recovery: Recovery time varies but is generally quick, with most patients returning to their normal activities within a few days. Complete healing and fading of scars may take a few weeks to months.

Patients select City Dermatology Clinic for their earlobe repair needs because of our commitment to excellence in medical care, our use of advanced surgical techniques, and our personalised approach to treatment. Our team, comprising some of London’s leading dermatological surgeons, brings a wealth of experience and a track record of successful outcomes in earlobe repair.


Advantages of Our Earlobe Repair Service

Choosing City Dermatology Clinic for earlobe repair offers numerous benefits, underscoring our reputation as a top-rated clinic in London:


  • Our primary goal is to restore the natural appearance of your earlobes, enhancing your overall facial symmetry and aesthetics.
  • Thanks to our advanced surgical techniques and local anaesthesia, patients enjoy a swift recovery, allowing them to quickly return to their daily routines with renewed confidence.
  • We prioritise techniques that result in minimal scarring, ensuring the repairs are as inconspicuous as possible.
  • Our surgical approaches are designed not just for immediate correction but for long-lasting durability, ensuring patients are satisfied with their appearance for years to come.
  • Beyond the physical repair, the restoration of your earlobes can significantly enhance your self-esteem and comfort in your appearance.


At City Dermatology Clinic, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional earlobe repair services, offering a blend of technical excellence, personalised care, and aesthetic expertise.


Who is Suitable for Split Earlobe Repair?

At City Dermatology Clinic, we cater to a diverse range of individuals seeking earlobe repair, from those with split or torn earlobes due to accidents or heavy jewellery wear, to individuals looking to address stretched earlobes, age-related changes, or keloid scars. Our service is ideally suited for anyone desiring cosmetic enhancement or restoration of their earlobes to achieve a more youthful and natural appearance. During a comprehensive consultation, our expert surgeons assess each candidate’s specific needs and goals to ensure the best treatment path.


Choosing our clinic for earlobe repair offers significant advantages, including prompt scheduling to minimise waiting times and an outpatient procedure that allows patients to return home the same day, ensuring minimal disruption to their daily lives. Thanks to our use of advanced surgical techniques and local anaesthesia, recovery is quick, often allowing patients to resume their routine with little to no downtime. Our approach is highly personalised, offering customised treatment plans tailored to deliver optimal results, all under the care of some of London’s top dermatological specialists. Opting for earlobe repair at City Dermatology Clinic means entrusting your care to experts dedicated to restoring your confidence and satisfaction with your appearance.

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Doctors for Split Earlobe Repair

Discover expert care and compassionate support from our leading doctors for earlobe repair in London, dedicated to restoring your natural appearance with state-of-the-art techniques while ensuring your comfort and wellbeing.

Discover expert care and compassionate support from our leading doctors for earlobe repair in London, dedicated to restoring your natural appearance with state-of-the-art techniques while ensuring your comfort and wellbeing.

Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Jana Torres-Grau at City Dermatology Clinic
Dr. Jana Torres-Grau
BSc (Hons), MBChB, FRCS (Plast)
Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Georgios Pafitanis at City Dermatology Clinic
Dr. Georgios Pafitanis
Headshot portrait photo of Dr Andreea Anton at City Dermatology Clinic
Dr. Andreea Anton
Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Nicki Bystrzonowski at City Dermatology Clinic
Dr. Nicki Bystrzonowski
Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Jana Torres-Grau at City Dermatology Clinic

Dr. Jana Torres-Grau

BSc (Hons), MBChB, FRCS (Plast)


Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Georgios Pafitanis at City Dermatology Clinic

Dr. Georgios Pafitanis



Headshot portrait photo of Dr Andreea Anton at City Dermatology Clinic

Dr. Andreea Anton



Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Nicki Bystrzonowski at City Dermatology Clinic

Dr. Nicki Bystrzonowski




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Cost of Split Earlobe Repair

The initial consultation with our doctor is priced at £100. We schedule ample time for this consultation to accommodate the procedure immediately afterwards, should you choose to proceed. It’s important to note that the costs of our treatments vary based on the specific area being treated and the extent of the condition. All prices will be finalised during your consultation, after a thorough assessment of your needs.


  • Single split earlobe repair from £495
  • Double split earlobe repairs from £895


  • No downtime needed
  • Quick return to daily routine
  • Free follow up for any concerns 
  • No overnight stay required.
  • Full recovery typically within 2 weeks

Split Earlobe Repair FAQs

Can a split earlobe be repaired?

Yes, a split earlobe can be effectively repaired through a surgical procedure. This treatment involves the careful realignment and stitching of the split parts of the earlobe to restore its natural appearance. The process is tailored to each individual’s specific needs, ensuring a satisfactory aesthetic outcome.

Is earlobe repair surgery painful?

Earlobe repair surgery is generally not painful, as it is performed under local anaesthesia, which numbs the earlobe area. Patients may feel a slight pinch when the anaesthesia is administered, but the surgical procedure itself should be pain-free. Post-surgery, any mild discomfort or soreness can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain relief as advised by the surgeon.

What causes an earlobe to split?

An earlobe can split due to various reasons, including the prolonged wearing of heavy earrings, which can stretch and ultimately tear the earlobe. Accidental tugging or pulling on the earring can also lead to a tear. Additionally, trauma to the ear or complications from piercing can result in a split earlobe.

How long does it take for a split earlobe to heal after surgery?

The healing time for a split earlobe repair can vary but generally, the sutures are removed or dissolve on their own within 1 to 2 weeks after the surgery. Most patients can expect the earlobe to heal significantly over this period, with full healing and fading of the scar tissue occurring over the next few weeks to months. Following the surgeon’s aftercare instructions is crucial for a smooth and swift healing process.

Is it possible to use glue for a split earlobe repair?

While medical-grade skin adhesives or glues can sometimes be used for minor cuts or incisions, they are generally not recommended for repairing split earlobes. A surgical procedure, which involves stitching the torn parts together, is the most effective method to ensure proper alignment and healing of the earlobe tissue, leading to a more aesthetically pleasing and durable result.

Will earlobe repair leave a scar?

Any surgical procedure can leave a scar, but with earlobe repair, the goal is to minimize scar visibility as much as possible. Surgeons use meticulous stitching techniques designed to promote neat healing and reduce scar tissue formation. Over time, any scars from the repair are typically minimal and can become barely noticeable.

Can I wear earrings after my earlobe has been repaired?

Yes, you can wear earrings after your earlobe has been repaired, but it’s important to wait until the earlobe has fully healed. Surgeons usually recommend waiting for at least 6 weeks before re-piercing the earlobe to ensure it has recovered sufficiently to support earrings again. It’s also advisable to start with light, small earrings to prevent any undue pressure on the newly healed tissue.

How should I sleep after undergoing earlobe repair?

After earlobe repair surgery, it’s best to sleep with your head elevated on pillows to reduce swelling and avoid putting pressure on the earlobes. Sleeping on your back is recommended for the first few weeks post-surgery to prevent accidentally pulling or pressing on the earlobes, which could affect the healing process.

Can I wash my hair after earlobe repair surgery?

Yes, you can wash your hair after earlobe repair surgery, but it is advisable to wait at least 24 to 48 hours post-surgery to keep the surgical area dry and reduce the risk of infection. When you do wash your hair, be gentle and try to avoid direct water spray and shampoo on the healing earlobes. It may be helpful to use a mild shampoo and to have someone assist you if necessary to ensure that the area remains as undisturbed as possible.

What are the do's and don'ts after undergoing earlobe repair surgery?


  • Follow your surgeon’s aftercare instructions closely.
  • Keep the earlobe area clean and dry, especially within the first 48 hours.
  • Attend follow-up appointments for monitoring and removal of stitches if required.
  • Apply any prescribed antibiotic ointment or take oral medications as directed.
  • Rest and allow your body time to heal, especially in the first few days after the procedure.



  • Do not engage in vigorous physical activities or sports for at least 2 weeks to avoid strain and impact on the healing earlobes.
  • Avoid sleeping on the sides or putting pressure on the ears; sleep on your back instead.
  • Do not submerge the earlobes in water, such as in a swimming pool or bathtub, for at least 2 weeks.
  • Avoid using hair dyes, sprays, or other harsh chemicals near the earlobes until fully healed.
  • Do not re-pierce the ears or wear heavy earrings until your doctor confirms it’s safe to do so.
Is it okay to shower after earlobe repair surgery?

Yes, you can shower after earlobe repair surgery, but it is generally recommended to wait until 24 hours after the procedure to prevent water from affecting the sutures or the healing process. When showering, be cautious not to let the water directly hit the earlobes. It might be advisable to use a gentle, low-pressure flow of water and to avoid rubbing or applying direct pressure on the earlobes. Always pat the area dry gently with a clean towel or allow it to air dry afterwards.

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