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In Pittsburgh and other parts of the country, ear repairs to address gauged ear holes have become more common. Some individuals with gauged ears ultimately chose to reverse this procedure and close the hole caused by gauged earrings. Whatever the case, earlobe surgery provides a quick and easy solution to repair stretched, torn, or split earlobes.

The following provides some additional information on earlobe repair surgery. If you have questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to talk more about this procedure, please contact us today.

Your consultation with Dr. Paul Leong

During your consultation, Dr. Leong will determine if you are a good candidate for earlobe repair. He will talk to you in detail about the procedure, show you before and after photos, and answer any questions or concerns that you may have. Since he only specializes in procedures of the face and neck, you can be assured you are receiving treatment from a focused and skilled facial plastic surgeon.

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What should I expect during treatment?

Before starting our Pittsburgh earlobe repair procedure, you and Dr. Leong will discuss possible side effects and take photos to compare before and after results. The procedure takes approximately 45 minutes, requires only local anesthesia, and can be done in our Pittsburgh, Wexford, Sewickley or Greensburg location. Patients seldom require any sort of bandage, though Dr. Leong does advise using antibiotic ointment for about a week. The sutures he uses for this procedure are absorbable and will dissolve on their own, so no need to come back for suture removal.

Dr. Leong is fabulous! I had my earlobes repaired, and two weeks later, you would be hard pressed to tell where he made the repairs. I wished that I would have had my ears repaired years ago, but I am glad that I waited until I found Dr. Leong to complete the procedure. I am extremely happy with the outcome!

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Will I be left with a scar after surgery?

Anytime an incision is made in the skin, a less-than-perfect scar is possible. However, Dr. Leong works hard to precisely realign the skin edges so the scar is barely noticeable. His ultimate goal in surgery is to naturally improve the face and neck without any indication that work has been done.

Is earlobe reconstruction painful?

Most patients find that this procedure is not painful. If you feel some discomfort after the procedure, you can take an over the counter pain reliever, which should suffice.

Does insurance cover the cost of an earlobe repair?

No, typically insurance does not cover the cost of cosmetic ear lobe surgery in Pittsburgh. Anytime you are undergoing a procedure for cosmetic enhancement, insurance cannot be used. However, we do offer CareCredit® financing which gives patients low monthly payment options.

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What is the cost of an earlobe repair in Pittsburgh?

The cost of an in-office earlobe repair in Pittsburgh ranges from $1,000 to $1,950, and the cost for gauged earlobe repair ranges from $1,250 to $2,950. These prices are determined by how much tissue needs to be removed, how complex the case is, and whether only one ear or both ears are being repaired. A customized plan will be created for each patient during their thorough consultation with Dr. Leong.

Paul Leong MD FACS

The Facial Specialist

Dr. Leong completed his medical degree at the Yale University School of Medicine. He then dedicated the next seven years honing his skills specifically in head, face, and neck surgery at the University of Pittsburgh—a university consistently ranked among the top five otolaryngology programs in the country. Dr. Leong continued to develop his surgical skills through a fellowship in Advanced Oncologic Surgery of the Head and Neck at the Pittsburgh Medical Center. This was followed by yet another fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Oregon Health Sciences University.

Now Serving Morgantown

Dr. Paul Leong is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon specializing exclusively in aesthetic facial plastic surgery. With an international reputation for the quality of his earlobe repair surgery, Dr. Leong’s practice has a regional scope, drawing patients from well beyond Pittsburgh. To better serve his patients in the region, Dr. Leong has expanded with an additional office in Morgantown, WV.


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For more information on earlobe repair surgery, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Leong to talk more about this treatment, please contact Sistine Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Important message to all of our patients

Dr. Leong and his team are happy to announce, we are open and seeing patients for all surgical and non-surgical consults. The summer surgery schedule is rapidly filling up. Please call or contact us today to schedule your consultation.

We are following all state and federal guidelines for your protection and safety, including but not limited to: wearing gloves and masks, providing hand sanitizer, frequent cleaning, wiping down and sanitizing of all contact surfaces. As well as will maintain all standard Social Distancing protocols. Patients should not come in if achy, feverish or coughing or COVID positive test for active infection.

We are still utilizing virtual consultations, including to obtain initial information about treatment plans for new and returning patients. Our goal is to find the best balance between being available to our patients and maximizing their safety.

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