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Piercing an earlobe places it at much higher risk of tearing or stretching, which can occur due to trauma or after wearing heavy earrings for an extended period of time. Earlobe repair is a cosmetic procedure performed to correct torn, elongated, or damaged earlobes.

If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your earlobes, you may want to consider earlobe repair with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Dan Shell. Dr. Shell routinely performs earlobe repair on patients who wish to correct their torn earlobes or elongated piercing tracts.


The best candidates for earlobe repair surgery are men and women of all ages who meet one or more of the criteria listed below:

  • You have a split or torn earlobe
  • You have an elongated or stretched earlobe
  • You have a history of earlobe trauma

During your consultation with Dr. Shell, he will be able to determine if earlobe repair is the best option available for you. Prior to surgery, it is essential for patients to possess good overall physical and mental health as well as realistic surgical expectations.


There are numerous factors to consider before committing to any cosmetic surgery. Below is a list of frequently asked questions associated with earlobe repair:

  • How does earlobe repair work?

    Earlobe repair surgery is a relatively simple procedure performed under local anesthesia. Dr. Shell will first stabilize your ear for surgery. Using high-powered magnification, Dr. Shell will carefully trim the skin area around the torn or stretched earlobe to create a more natural curvature of the lobe. Once the excess skin has been removed, Dr. Shell will use very thin stitches to suture the wound edges back together.

  • What happens after earlobe repair?

    Following surgery, Dr. Shell will provide you with specific aftercare and hygiene instructions. The recovery process after earlobe repair is minimal. It is common for patients to experience some mild discomfort, which is easily alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication. Sutures are typically removed within a week. Dr Shell will pierce the ears again, if desired, three weeks after repair.

  • Are the results permanent?

    The results of earlobe repair are more or less permanent. However, if you have your ears repierced following surgery and resume wearing heavy earrings for extended periods of time, or experience additional trauma to your earlobes, there is the chance that you will require additional surgery.

  • What are some of the risks associated with earlobe repair?

    As with any surgery, earlobe repair does present some degree of risk. The chance of experiencing complications during this treatment, or as a result of it, are rare. Dr. Shell or his staff will go through all of the potential risks in detail with you prior to surgery. Some of the potential risks include infection, excessive scarring, notching or recurrence.

  • Why should I choose Dr. Shell for earlobe repair?

    During your consultation, Dr. Shell will listen carefully to your concerns, ensuring that all treatments are customized to meet your goals. His practice utilizes the latest technology in a comfortable and confidential setting. Dr. Shell is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. He is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


Are you interested in learning more about earlobe repair in Mississippi? Dr. Dan Shell is a board certified plastic surgeon with an office in Oxford, MS. Call 662-236-6465 or email us to set up a consultation for earlobe repair in Mississippi.