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Ear Lobe Surgery

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What Is Ear Lobe Surgery?

Ear Lobe Repair Surgery will restore the normal appearance of your ear lobes by repairing them, making them smaller, or correcting deformities – any of which will enable you to once again wear the earrings of your choice as well as give you the ability to expose your ears with your hair short or pulled back and not attract stares from others!

Ear Lobe Surgery is most commonly performed to:

  • repair torn ear lobes.
  • repair enlarged ear lobe piercings.
  • refashion ear lobes – for example, ‘pixie’ ears.
  • reduce the size of enlarged ear lobes as a result of ageing or heavy ear jewellery.
Example of Torn Ear Lobe
Example of Perforated Ear Lobe
Example of 'Pixie Ear' Deformity
Example of Enlarged Ear Lobe

How Is Ear Lobe Surgery Performed?

  • Most forms of Ear Lobe Repair Surgery can be conveniently performed in our Clinic’s own Operating Theatre under Local Anaesthesia only.
  • Depending on the type of repair required, the surgery can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour. 
  • After the surgery, your ear(s) will be covered with a bandage which you may remove the next day.
  • Sutures are removed 1 week later.

Potential Risks and Complications of Ear Lobe Surgery

  • Hematoma (a collection of blood under the skin).
  • Infection requiring topical wound care and antibiotics.
  • Delayed wound healing (more of a risk in smokers and diabetics)
  • Numbness of the overlying skin (usually temporary only)
  • ‘Notching’ of the ear lobe
  • Wide or thickened scars (hypertrophic or keloid) could occur if you are prone to them and pigmented scars are more likely in those with brown or Asian skin.
  • Asymmetry (if both ear lobes done)
  • Adverse reaction to local anaesthetic injection.

The Cost of Ear Lobe Surgery

  • Ear Lobe Surgery

The total cost of Ear Lobe Surgery is made up of the following individual costs:

  • Surgical Fee: From $2,000 one ear, $4,000 both ears
  • Clinic Theatre Fee: $330 (up to 1 hour)
  • $440 (1-2 hours)

Can I Claim a Medicare or Private Health Insurance Rebate?

Unfortunately, surgical procedures for purely cosmetic reasons are not eligible for a Medicare Rebate, nor can you claim through your Private Health Insurance.

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Terms & Conditions


  • Consultations must be pre-paid at time of booking.
  • Once pre-paid, all consultations are non-refundable and non-transferable but can be moved to another date with at least 3 working days’ notice.
  • Cancellations with less than 3 working days’ notice and ‘no shows’ are not refundable or transferable and will incur a new consultation fee to re-book.
  • All payments by Credit Card & Debit Card attract a 0.3% surcharge and Amex a 1.5% surcharge.
  • The Medical Board of Australia’s new Regulations which came into effect on 1 July 2023 require that:
    • All patients seeking a consultation regarding cosmetic surgery must provide a referral and the referral must be from a GP or other specialist who does not perform cosmetic surgery or non-surgical cosmetic services themselves.
    • If a patient arrives without a referral, the Regulations recommend that the doctor should refrain from seeing the patient – in which event, any pre-paid consultation fee would be lost.

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