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Split Earlobe Surgery & Stretched Ear Repair Surgery

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Split Ear Lobe Surgery & Tribal Ear Lobe Stretched Ear Repair Surgery 

Split earlobes

Earlobes can split from pierced ears gradually enlarging from wearing heavy earrings. On other occasions, when the lobe can split, is when an earring is forcefully pulled.

Stretched earlobes (Tribal Ear lobes)

As well as heavy earrings causing split earlobes, over the past years there has been an increase of “tribal earlobe” correction surgery, due to the rising trend of ‘ear stretching ’, caused by gradually placing a cone-shaped earring in the pierced hole and pushing it through more each day, deliberately stretching the hole to eventually to accommodate for much larger ‘plugs/tunnels’. This causes a person’s earlobe expand excessively where it is not able to return to its original size or cause the lobe to split.  

What is split earlobe or stretched ears repair surgery?

Earlobe repair surgery can be performed to correct earlobes that have been stretched (tribal) or split. The price for earlobe repair varies according to whether you require split earlobe repair or tribal (stretched) earlobe repair and the degree of correction you require. 

What are the benefits of earlobe surgery?

  • Earlobes will be restored to their normal shape and size.
  • Having split earlobe surgery will restore confidence in appearance
  • Once a full recovery is made, earlobes can be re-pierced  

The Earlobe Surgery procedure

Earlobe repair surgery can be performed to correct earlobes stretched or to split earlobes.  It is a relatively quick and simple procedure conducted under local anaesthetic. The repair firstly involves the edges of the torn lobe to be removed. Fine sutures are then used to the earlobe is accurately repaired; this allows a normal, rounded earlobe that matches your natural ear shape to be created.

Split Earlobe and Tribal Earlobe prices

Each patient is unique - different expectations and as such different requirements. We don't apply a "one size fits all" approach to cosmetic surgery, and as such, the price of the surgery will depend on the exact requirements of your individual procedure. We have included an expected price range below, but really - we'd love to meet with you first to gain a better understanding of what you are looking for and what we can do to help you achieve the desired outcome.

The first step should be to book in for a free of charge initial consultation - see the Consultant so that you can discuss your hopes and expectations. Once the consultant has had a conversation with you, a member of our team will be in touch to provide you with a full quote. This quote will include everything - pre-op, the surgery itself, post-op and aftercare.




Initial consultation

Free of charge

Free of charge

Split Ear Lobe Repair Unilateral

(day case, local anaesthetic)

From £625

From £9 per month

Split Ear Lobe Repair Bilateral

(day case, local anaesthetic)

From £950

From £13 per month

Tribal Ear Lobe Repair Unilateral

(day case, local anaesthetic)

From £950
From £13 per month
Tribal Ear Lobe Repair Bilateral
(day case, local anaesthetic)
From £1,550
From £22 per month

* Default deposit amount (25%) can be varied and costs can be spread over a longer/shorter period, such that the monthly payment amounts are more suited to each individual situation.


Book with Confidence

To book your free of charge, no obligation consultations with your chosen expert Plastic or Facial Surgeon, simply call our dedicated cosmetic team on 0330 058 44 55 or email

We offer appointments in all 3 of our clinic locations: Liverpool city centre, Manchester city centre and in Newton-le-Willows (St Helens).

Our Cosmetic Coordinators:

  • Helen Stuart
  • Sara Greenshields



Frequently Asked Questions

How long will any bruising and swelling last?

Post-operative bruising and swelling begin to resolve at the end of the first week. For patients with a history of bruising easily, resolution of bruising or swelling may take two weeks. However, bruises can be camouflage fairly easily with a concealer stick.

Will I be awake during earlobe surgery?

It’s common with most cases to use a local anaesthesia (the lobe area numbed), so patients will be awake. Sedation is rarely needed with split ear repair surgery. A general anaesthetic will not be required.

How long does the split earlobe surgery take?

Surgery time can vary with each patient. The length of time for split earlobe repair depends on factors which include the nature and amount of trauma to the ear, and the individual complexities of each earlobe. In general, split earlobe repair can take up to one hour but is often performed in 30-45 minutes.

Can I drive myself home after surgery?

Because local anaesthesia is often used with this surgery, driving home is allowed. Although uncommon, if a sedative is requested, patients are not able to drive themselves home after the surgery.

Are there scars after an earlobe repair?

Because the split/stretched earlobe is stitched together, a scar will form. This scar is typically a fine line that is difficult to detect and over time should fade.

When can I go back to work or school?

Most patients return to work or school the following day after the earlobe surgery.