Cleft of earlobe (left), earlobe duplication (middle), and skin tag on the back of the earlobe (right).
Congenital earlobe deformities come in a variety of shapes, including earlobes with clefts, duplicate earlobes, and earlobes with skin tags.
The cause of congenital earlobe deformities is unknown. They are a rare type of ear deformities.
Earlobe deformities can be treated with surgery. Surgical options include:
- Merging segments of the earlobe (also called the lobule) into a single earlobe
- Removal of duplicate earlobes
- Adding more tissue to the earlobe with local skin flaps
- Removal of skin tags
Many of these procedures may be done under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis, and your child will be able to return home the same day.