Earlobe Repair

Repair and reshape earlobes that have been stretched or torn due to heavy earrings, spacers, gauges, or trauma with Ear Lobe Surgery.

As we age, it is normal for the skin quality, resilience, and elasticity of our earlobes to change, just as the rest of our skin does. This aging and stretching to the earlobe can be advanced in patients who wear heavy earrings throughout their lives and choose to wear ear gauges or spacers. In some cases, damage may even be as a result of injury to the ear, such as a child yanking on a mother’s earring repeatedly. Regardless of the cause, our Vadnais Heights, Eagan & Woodbury facial plastics clinics offer several different methods of earlobe repair and reshaping to restore the appearance of the ears to a more youthful state.

Earlobe Surgery

Earlobe surgery is a straightforward procedure that can help to repair stretched or torn earlobes. Only local anesthesia is needed and the procedure is commonly performed in under an hour. During your earlobe surgery, the skin lining the tear is removed to create a raw edge that is stitched closed in multiple layers. This reroutes new blood flow and allows your surgeon to reshape a more tight and esthetically pleasing lobe shape.

Earlobe Repair Recovery

After your earlobe reconstruction, there is generally minimal to no pain or downtime. Any discomfort that patients do experience can usually be relieved with over the counter medication. The earlobe will need to be washed regularly and kept clean for a period of time and you may need to apply antibiotic ointment. Surface sutures are usually removed within one week.

Restore and Support

To restore lost volume and provide even more support for earring use in the future, your surgeon may discuss the use of dermal fillers such as Juvederm® or Voluma® injected into the earlobe to provide structure and support.


  • Stretched earlobes due to heavy earrings
  • Stretched earlobes due to spacers or ear gauges
  • Torn earlobes from injury or tugging
  • Genetic droopy earlobes


  • Tightened, more youthful earlobes
  • A natural esthetic to the earlobe
  • Repair of tears
  • Restored confidence

Learn More with a Consultation

Are you interested in learning more about Vadnais Heights, Eagan & Woodbury Earlobe Repair Surgery? Schedule a consultation with our staff to find out if it is right for you.


Before + After Results

View before and after photos of surgeries performed by facial plastic surgeons Dr. Christopher Tolan, Dr. Garrett Griffin, Dr. Zachary Farhood and Dr. Anna Bakeman in Minneapolis, MN.