Earlobe surgery

What is ear lobe repair surgery?

Earlobes are often split by heavy earrings gradually enlarging a piercing over many years. On other occasions, when an earring is forcefully pulled the earlobe can split.

Repair is usually performed under local anaesthetic; is simple and re-piercing is normally possible within a few weeks.

Restricted procedure:

Ear lobe repair surgery for adults, i.e. those over the age of 16 years will not be routinely commissioned.

Ear lobe repair surgery may be considered for funding if the patient meets the following criteria:

  • A birth deformity
  • Instances where there has been a traumatic injury to the earlobe.

The clinician in charge of the care of the patient’s specific condition, usually a hospital doctor, can assist the application, if there is exceptional clinical need for the treatment to be funded. The patient’s clinician must evidence clinical exceptionality and must be supported by the patient’s local NHS commissioning organisation. See separate leaflet for more information on Individual Funding Requests (IFRs).

Advice and further guidance:

For more information search for ‘cosmetic procedures’ on the NHS UK website.


Treatment policy for patients covered by NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG