Huntsville, AL Oral Surgeon
S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
2317 Whitesburg Drive
Huntsville, AL 35801
(256) 533-1282
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Split or Torn Earlobe Repair
There is no end to the number of stories about earlobes being disfigured by an earring being torn from a piercing. Ear piercing puts the lobe at risk for many kinds of damage including stretching, tearing and keloid scarring.

Many people don''t know that their earlobes can be repaired and restored with a relatively simple office surgical procedure performed under local anesthetic.

Once the anesthesia takes effect, the skin along the split or tear will be removed to create an edge that can be stitched together. Once the lobe is sutured and bandaged, you will be able to return home. The procedure usually takes less than one hour and patients experience very little pain, although the ear may feel tender for several weeks. Initial healing is usually completed in two to three weeks.

Scarring may occur, but will fade over time and many people are able to re-pierce their ears three to four months after surgery, if they choose. Though risks from this surgery are very rare, risks or complications for your specific repair will be discussed at your consultation.

The cost of the surgery depends on the problem and complexity of the surgical procedure. The cost of the consultation is $70, and will be applied toward the cost of the procedure if you go forward with treatment. Average costs for typical repair range from $450 to $650 per ear which includes local anesthesia and re-piercing. Medical insurance considers earlobe repairs to be cosmetic. Our office will not bill your insurance for this procedure, however you are welcome to bill your insurance for reimbursement, if you wish.