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EARLOBE REPAIR in Manchester & Cheshire

Earlobes can become partially, entirely split or stretch by trauma or gradually as a result of wearing earrings. This can also result in the widening of the earlobe hole causing problems with earring to be inserted or fall out. At CLNQ, in Cheshire & Manchester earlobe repair procedures are offered to restore the earlobe surgically. The earlobe repair aims to close the existing piercing hole or completely re-join the split. This surgical procedure is relatively simple and performed under a local anaesthetic. Book a consultation for expert earlobe repair assessment at our Manchester or Cheshire clinics.

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Simple and Effective Earlobe Repair Procedure

With earlobe repair Manchester & Cheshire patients get a relatively simple procedure performed under a local anaesthetic. The surgeon will inject the earlobe to make it numb before the process. Once it is safe to start, the surgeon will excise the existing split or piercing hole, and then they will suture the skin together with dissolvable stitches, which will naturally fall out after two weeks. Full recovery will take approximately 2 to 3 months to regain its full strength before getting re-pierced.

What are the risks of earlobe repair?

This is performed under local anaesthetic. The procedure involves suturing of the split using dissolvable stitches. When considering earlobe repair Cheshire & Manchester patients should know that potential risks include:

Bruising, Swelling, Bleeding

It is normal to get some swelling after any treatment and this usually takes a few days to settle. Some patients may also experience bruising or bleeding which is can be related to medication being taken. Some medicines such as aspirin and herbal supplements can increase your risk of bleeding and bruising.


Recurrent splitting of the earlobe may occur following the repair. This can be due to poor healing due to underlying medical conditions or smoking. Future stretching or splitting may occur with wearing of heavy earrings or trauma.


All patients have some degree of asymmetry between the earlobes and sometimes repair of a spilt may result in some difference between the two sides.


Any surgical procedure can result in change in sensation to the skin in the surrounding area. This is due to some of the sensory nerve being cut during the procedure.


Any surgical procedure will result in scarring. The scar is permanent but in most people it will improve and fade with time. In some patients, hypertrophic or keloid scarring may occur resulting in raised, red and lumpy scars.


Infections are uncommon following these procedures although they may occur. Usually these would improve with use of oral antibiotics.

Indentation or Notching

There may be some indentation or notching along the repair line following the procedure.

Change in Earlobe Shape

There may be some change in shape to the earlobe following repair. This is usually if you have had prolonged stretched earlobes.

EARLOBE REPAIR Frequently Asked Questions

What is earlobe repair?

Earlobe repair is a procedure to correct partially or complete split earlobes or stretched earlobes either following trauma or gradually splitting of the piercing.

When can I go back to work after earlobe surgery?

Earlobe repair surgery is a local anaesthetic outpatient procedure. Most people will go back to work the next day. You will normally have some skin glue covering the repair.

How long does earlobe repair surgery take?

The earlobe repair procedure is usually about 15-30 minutes and performed with you awake under a local anaesthetic.

When can I pierce the earlobe after earlobe repair?

We usually recommend waiting between 2-3 months after the procedure before you re-pierce the earlobe.

Can a torn earlobe be repaired?

A torn earlobe repair can be performed under a local anaesthetic procedure whereby the tear or piercing hole is cut to allow stitching.

How much is a split earlobe repair cost?

The price for earlobe repair starts from £695. This is the price for repair on one side. The price for split earlobe repair on both sides is £1150. The prices for stretched earlobes are found on the stretched lobe page. Earlobe repair cost includes the procedure fee and follow up appointment. The initial consultation is £100 and a separate charge.

Where can I get earlobe repair near me?

You may be asking where can I get earlobe repair near me? If you live in the North West then we have two locations where you can have the ear lobe repair procedure. We offer earlobe repair in Manchester and Cheshire at our CQC registered clinics. The earlobe surgery is performed by experienced doctors and surgeons.

Can I repair a split with an earlobe repair glue?

Using an earlobe repair glue will not fix a split or stretched ear lobe. This is because the skin of the piercing hole has epithelialized meaning a new skin has formed over the tract. This means that it cannot join to the other side. The way to repair this involves cutting out the tract or piercing hole and stitching it back together with fresh edges of skin. We do use a skin glue on top of the repair which acts a dressing whilst it repairs underneath.

Can a split earlobe be repaired?

Yes, a split earlobe can be repaired using an earlobe repair surgery procedure performed by our team of surgeons.

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