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A split earlobe is a common type of traumatic ear injury. Most split earlobes occur gradually over time due to large or heavy earrings. In some cases, earlobes may be split due to trauma. At the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre in Toronto, Ontario, many patients come to us to have their split earlobes repaired.

What are split earlobes?

Split earlobes commonly result from the use of large and heavy earrings or sudden trauma, when an earring gets caught or pulled forcefully.

The aesthetic goal of split earlobe repair is to leave the earlobe in a more natural shape with a round, not pointed, shape.

How is a split earlobe treated?

At the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre, split earlobes are repaired by board-certified plastic surgeons.

  • Local anesthetic is used to minimize pain and discomfort
  • The procedure takes about 15-30 minutes in duration
  • Fresh edges are created by surgically excising around the split edges - this ensures clean healing
  • The edges are re-aligned and meticulously stitched together
  • Patients can go back to work immediately

Do I need a doctor's referral?

A doctor's referral is not required to book a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons for your earlobe repair.


Is this procedure covered under OHIP?

Treatment of split earlobe is considered to be a cosmetic service by the Ministry of Health and is not covered under OHIP. Please understand that coverage status of procedures is determined by the Ministry of Health and not by our surgeons.

Minor Procedures - Frequently Asked Questions

Which minor procedures are covered under OHIP?

OHIP coverage status for a procedure is not determined by your family doctor or by the surgeons at the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre. The Ministry of Health has determined a number of procedures to be OHIP covered while others are not. Examples of skin growths and conditions that are generally not covered under OHIP are:

  • Lipomas
  • Skin Cysts
  • Non-suspicious Moles
  • Dermatofibromas
  • Xanthelasmas

If you are ever in doubt or have specific questions, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to address your concerns in a timely manner.

Who will be performing the minor procedures?

All of our patients being treated for minor procedures are seen by one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. You will get their undivided attention from the initial consultation, physical examination, and the actual procedure itself, followed by follow-up appointments to make sure that everything goes smoothly and even better healing process.

Will my procedure be painful?

All minor procedures are preceded with administration of local anesthetic. This is to ensure that the treatment area will be numb throughout the procedure and minimize any possible pain and discomfort.

Will I get a scar?

It is impossible to escape a scar after an incision is made on your skin. However, with experience and advanced surgical techniques, scarring can be minimized. Our board-certified plastic surgeons have years of experience and the technical expertise to remove your skin growths and lesions while placing strong emphasis on minimizing post-operative scarring.

When can I return to work?

This is a very good question that is difficult to answer as everyone's jobs are very different. The main goal is to minimize the physical strain and tension placed on the treatment area following your procedure. This is done to maintain the integrity of the stitches and minimize potential risk of infections and poor scarring. Our plastic surgeons will give you detailed guidance on your appropriate post-operative course.

How long will my procedure take?

This will depend on the type of procedure being performed. You will get a chance to have all your questions addressed during your private consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. If you simply forgot to ask, then please call our clinic and one of our staff will be more than happy to assist you.

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