Surgery to repair a torn earlobe is quite common, especially among patients with pierced ears. Depending on the type of tear or defect, earlobe repair can be done in different ways. Generally, during the procedure, the skin lining the slot is removed, creating an edge with which to rebuild the ear (This can become more complicated if there is tissue missing).
Risks associated with this procedure are rare. The patient may develop some swelling and redness following the surgery. Some scarring is also possible as the wound heals.
Recovery time is usually quite fast. Stitches will be removed one to two weeks following the procedures. Some slight drainage from the wound may be expected for a short period of time.