What is Earlobe Repair?
The popularity of ear gauges and big earrings have made earlobe repair a popular surgery at VIPS. Our Port Saint Lucie, FL board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon, Dr. William Vinyard, has assisted countless women, men, and children repair torn, stretched or large earlobes. Earlobe repair surgery is an outpatient surgical procedure used to correct the size, position, shape, or a combination of techniques to repair the earlobes. Each of these deformities requires special attention to detail and precise techniques for the repair.
If you are concerned about the shape or size of your earlobes, make a consultation with Dr. Vinyard to find out about your options for cosmetic earlobe repair surgery.
"Committed to a Phenomenal Outcome Tailored Specifically to Me! - I thoroughly research plastic surgeons, best practices, trends, outcomes, etc. Above and beyond the fact that Dr. Vinyard is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and operates in an accredited operating facility is the trust I have with him. He spent so much time with me during not only my consultation, but again during my pre-op appointment and the morning before surgery. He is meticulously devoted to intricate details designed to achieve a good outcome. I trust him to give me safe recommendations tailored specifically to me and to fully explain everything. He is kind, professional and caring. I never feel rushed and he listens to me. He is so focused; so detail oriented and so honest. His staff is extraordinary! Mary Louise knew I was nervous and she held my hand and looked right into my eyes as I fell asleep. I trust them and felt comfortable telling them my fears. I knew they would take care of me. In addition to my tummy tuck, I had a breast lift, replaced my saline implants with silicone and had liposuction and bodytite of the mons pubis. The results look amazing!"- P. / RealSelf / Jan 05, 2022
"His preop and postop care was nothing but perfect - Dr. Vinyard is a caring, honest, and an amazing plastic surgeon!!! His staff is fantastic!!! His preop and postop care was nothing but perfect! His nurse practitioner, Mary Louise was just as great. If I had any questions or concerns she would get back to me very quickly. Having someone available at all times made me feel so much comfort! It took me 26 years to make a decision on a plastic surgeon, and I’m so grateful I found the perfect plastic surgeon who I can trust my life with. Only regret, wish I had done the surgery long time ago! Remember everyday your body changes after the surgery, trust the process and be patient."- K. / RealSelf / Jan 03, 2022
"A Breast Lift & Reduction is something I’d contemplated since I was 16 years…..Fast forward 23 years later when I finally felt it was time! Time to find the right surgeon! I debated traveling to Miami, but in my search I came across Vineyard Institute of Plastic Surgery. I was Immediately impressed with the “before and after’s” on their site, and decided to request a consult. One phone call with Blair and I was even more excited to have schedule a consult and see if I had found the right surgeon! Blair was just the beginning, at my initial consult I met Mary Louise (So awesome!), who made me feel super relaxed and at ease. She talked me through what to expect, made sure my questions were answered and let me know I could reach out at any time if something ever came up, no matter how small; before or after the procedure. Dr. Vineyard is truly the icing on the cake! His whole demeanor is what sealed the deal for me; His approach is very calming and reassuring. He never made me feel rushed and answered all my questions thoroughly, even the ones I’m sure I asked more than once. He is so professional, yet very comforting! Dr. Vineyard and his entire team truly understand how to make you feel like a true VIP! The process was extremely smooth and one I’ll never regret. Surgery, the follow up appointments and most importantly the after-hours support was truly AMAZING! I LOVE MY RESULTS! & so I can guarantee Vineyard Institute of Plastic Surgery will definitely be my one only choice for any future procedures! Thank you Dr. Vineyard & your AMAZING TEAM!"- V.C. / Google / Dec 23, 2021
"Breast Reduction / Lift , & I Love My Results!!! - A Breast Lift & Reduction is something I’d contemplated since I was 16 years…..Fast forward 23 years later when I finally felt it was time! Time to find the right surgeon! I debated traveling to Miami, but in my search I came across Vineyard Institute of Plastic Surgery. I was Immediately impressed with the “before and after’s” on their site, and decided to request a consult. One phone call with Blair and I was even more excited to have schedule a consult and see if I had found the right surgeon! Blair was just the beginning, at my initial consult I met Mary Louise (So awesome!), who made me feel super relaxed and at ease. She talked me through what to expect, made sure my questions were answered and let me know I could reach out at any time if something ever came up, no matter how small; before or after the procedure. Dr. Vineyard is truly the icing on the cake! His whole demeanor is what sealed the deal for me; His approach is very calming and reassuring. He never made me feel rushed and answered all my questions thoroughly, even the ones I’m sure I asked more than once. He is so professional, yet very comforting! Dr. Vineyard and his entire team truly understand how to make you feel like a true VIP! The process was extremely smooth and one I’ll never regret. Surgery, the follow up appointments and most importantly the after-hours support was truly AMAZING! I LOVE MY RESULTS! & so I can guarantee Vineyard Institute of Plastic Surgery will definitely be my one only choice for any future procedures! Thank you Dr. Vineyard & your AMAZING TEAM!"- V. / RealSelf / Dec 22, 2021
"I had a breast augmentation for asymmetry and the results were life-changing - Best experience I had in a very long time. Such a warm and welcoming staff. They really care about you and want what’s best. Walked me through every step and supported me like family. I don’t think I would have found such a comfortable environment anywhere else. Dr. Vineyard is an amazing doctor. Listened to my concerns, answered ever question and really suggested the best options for me. He really cares about achieving the best result possible for you and making you very confident and informed in your journey. They did an amazing job. My results were phenomenal I could have never imagined they would turn out this good. I’m so happy with the entire experience. The healing process was smooth and fast. They checked up on me throughout the entire process. I had a breast augmentation for asymmetry and the results I got from VIPs changed my life. I always look forward to coming in for an appointment because it’s such a kind and comfortable place to be. I truly have so much respect for Dr. Vinyard and the VIPs staff. Thank you so much for everything you guys do."- A. / RealSelf / Dec 09, 2021
Who Is A Candidate?
If you are an adult who has torn, stretched, or damaged earlobes, you are a candidate for earlobe repair surgery. Split earlobe repairs are common among those who have pierced ears. Dr. Vinyard will perform a thorough examination with imaging for facial analysis.
What's the Technique?
Earlobe repair surgery is completed using local anesthesia. The procedure typically only take about an hour to complete. It's generally common for both ears to be altered during Earlobe repair to ensure they look and appear symmetrical. After the procedure, the incisions are safely stitched together with sutures and wrapped so they are safeguarded for healing.
What can I Expect?
Once the procedure is finished and it is safe for you to leave, you will heal and rest at home. Dr. Vinyard or a member of his team will send you home with recovery instructions. It is important to not touch, pick at, or scratch the ears. Also, you should avoid laying on the ears, instead it is necessary to sleep propped up for the first few days.
You will see immediate changes in the appearance of your ears after the surgical correction of prominent ears, cupped ears, split earlobes, and most ear reconstructions. Once the swelling is almost all gone, you will be very close to your final result. Natural-looking ears are visible almost immediately and the results will continue to look better as the ears heal. Bruising after ear surgery is usually minimal and should diminish in 10 – 14 days. The majority of the swelling after ear surgery is gone within two weeks. There are instances where the swelling last longer (up to 6 weeks). This is usually only perceived by you as you are studying your ears much more closely than others. We take your first official "after" photos at three months.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does ear surgery cost?
There are varied concerns that patients have regarding their ears. The cost of your procedure is dependent upon what Dr. Vinyard recommends during your consultation. You will be provided with a detailed written quote while you are here with us in the office. In order for you to focus on getting the results you need instead of costs, VIPS accepts many payment methods and we can help you find low-interest financing.
The cost of your ear surgery (otoplasty) covers Dr. Vinyard's professional, facility, and anesthesia fees (if applicable). This also includes office visits such as your initial consultation, pre-operative visits, and follow-up appointments for cosmetic procedures.
Our practice participates with CareCredit and Alphaeon. We do not directly finance any procedure. You may also want to research options through your bank of choice. We also accept all major credit cards including VISA, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
Do I have to go into the hospital?
The length, approach, and cost vary with each person’s anatomy and level of injury if trauma is involved. The correction of prominent ears and cupped ears are usually performed under general anesthesia. Traumatic injuries requiring repair can vary in severity and treatment approach. It could be as simple as a repair with sutures in the office using local anesthesia to a very involved ear reconstruction in the operating room requiring several stages and possibly cartilage from another part of the body. Traumatic injuries to the ears are usually covered by insurance.
Will the results of ear surgery last?
Normally, the ears mature faster than other parts of the face and body, which is why an otoplasty can be done on younger patients with long-lasting results. Dr. Vinyard will examine the ears and then talk about realistic expectations along with how long the results may last. Even as the face and body can change due to age and gravity, the effect on the ears is usually minimal. If there are dramatic changes to the ears due to an injury, a second otoplasty could be performed.
How old should my child be to consider otoplasty?
Typically, children about 5 – 6 years of age are ideal candidates for otoplasty. While the ear is usually fully developed, the cartilage and tissue will still be soft, making it easy to change. This age is also good as it is before they start school or early in their education, so they can avoid teasing from their classmates. Although many otoplasty patients are young children, Dr. Vinyard also performs ear surgery on adults.
Do I need to have both ears done or just one?
The most common problems, including ears that are oversized or stick out, occur in both ears, so both will need to be fixed. During the surgery, Dr. Vinyard will shape both ears so they are as equal as possible. However, if only one ear needs to be changed, the size and shape will be altered to match the other ear. When he develops your treatment plan, Dr. Vinyard will let you know whether or both ears will be addressed.
How long will it take to recover from my ear surgery (otoplasty)?
This depends upon which type of procedure that you have. A split earlobe repair will allow you to return to work the next day and resume all activities in about two weeks. A correction of prominent ears will require approximately 5 – 7 days before you return to work or school. Dr. Vinyard requires patients wear ear protectors (usually children) so that there is less of a chance of an injury to the newly repaired ear. Dr. Vinyard will be able to advise you on a case by case basis of your anticipated recovery time.
Can I have an earlobe reduction?
As we age the effects of gravity combined with genetics can leave someone with large earlobes requiring reduction. This is considered a cosmetic correction and therefore not covered by insurance. An earlobe reduction can be done in the office under some circumstances with a local anesthesia. Should your earlobe reduction require a more complicated correction or when combined with another procedure, it will be necessary to treat this in the operating room under general anesthesia.
Reshape Your Ears at VIPS
Contact VIPS in Port Saint Lucie, FL to schedule your appointment with cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Vinyard and learn more about earlobe repair surgery. We look forward to helping you gain a look you can be proud of and exude confidence.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 1/2 – 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 – 3 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location