Torn ear, also known as torn earlobe or bifid earlobe is a cosmetic problem that bothers many people. Fortunately, it can be resolved with a simple and quick procedure for the correction of this Ear Laceration.

Do you know what Ear Laceration or Lobuloplasty is?

Ear laceration or lobuloplasty is when there is a progressive enlargement of the earring hole; which can tear partially or completely (until it tears completely, becoming a bifid lobe, split in half).

The main causes are the use of very heavy earrings, and plugs.

Is Ear Laceration or Lobuloplasty a Health Problem?

Although Ear Laceration or Lobuloplasty is not considered a serious health problem, it can interfere with the patient’s aesthetics and self-esteem, hence the importance of being taken seriously.

My lobe is torn, now what?

The right thing is to look for a plastic surgeon to perform a small surgery called “Lobuloplasty”, which aims to repair this cleft.

My lobe is just enlarged; is there anything i can do?

Plastic surgery called Lobuloplasty also repairs cases of partial clefts (only the enlarged hole).

How is Ear Laceration or Lobuloplasty performed?

The surgery is quite simple, and basically consists of local anesthesia, followed by the removal of a thin layer of skin, and finished with a suture that joins the edges of the earlobe tissue.

The plastic surgeon will choose the best technique to perform the surgery, he will take into account several factors (ear pattern, lobe pattern, laceration pattern).

How long does it take to perform an Ear Laceration or Lobuloplasty?

It is a quick surgery, which takes an average of 30 minutes.

How does the postoperative period of Ear Laceration or Lobuloplasty work?

The postoperative period is not usually very painful, although some bruising and swelling in the region may appear.

It is necessary to wear a bandage for up to 2 days after surgery.

It is recommended that the patient does not have direct exposure to the sun for a period of 30 days.

After how long are the stitches removed?

Stitches are removed after 7 days.

Will I have any scars?

In surgery, the ear is sutured, so it is possible for the scar to be visible (hence the importance of looking for a specialized surgeon, who will leave the scar as discreet as possible). The final result can be seen on average 6 months after the lobuloplasty is performed .

What are the Complications of Ear Laceration or Lobuloplasty?

Possible complications are: formation of keloids, hypertrophic scars, change in color and elevation of the scar in relation to the local tissue. The plastic surgeon must evaluate these situations and propose the best solutions for these problems.

Will I be able to wear earrings again after Ear Laceration or Lobuloplasty?

Probably yes, but the hole can only be performed 6 weeks after the surgery (and with the permission of the plastic surgeon). It is also important to remember that the same should not be done on top of the lobuloplasty scar.

How much does Ear Laceration or Lobuloplasty surgery cost?

By determination expressed in a Resolution of the Federal Council of Medicine (CFM) and also by the Internal Regulations of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery (SBCP), it is PROHIBITED to disclose prices of plastic surgeries and aesthetic procedures, such as Lopuloplasty , on internet sites.

To know the value of the surgery, the first step is to schedule a face-to-face evaluation. If there is an indication for surgery, we will explain all the costs and the various forms of payment available.

How to choose a qualified professional to perform Ear Laceration or Lobuloplasty?

Ear Laceration or Lobuloplasty is a medical procedure and for this reason it must be performed by a specialized professional. Only the plastic surgeon can safely and effectively conduct this technique. The patient should still verify that the professional:

  • is registered with the Federal Council of Medicine (CFM);
  • is a member of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery (SBCP);
  • has experience, it is recommended to talk to people who have already performed the technique with the specialist.

From this evaluation, the patient will be confident to perform the Ear Laceration or Lobuloplasty in a safer environment and with a qualified professional.