Earlobes Lesions

Because the earlobes are covered by soft facial skin, any abnormalities possible on the remainder of the skin can also be found on the earlobes.

Benign Earlobe Lesions

Most lesions found on earlobes are benign and relatively easy to treat.

Skin moles may be congenital in nature or develop later in life. Pigmented skin moles usually represent benign growths of so-called nevus cells. Dermal nevi and compound nevi are raised and well circumscribed skin nodules which stay relatively unchanged over many years and decades. If a pigmented nodule shows an irregular border, uneven pigmentation within or bleeds and hurts at times, medical attention should be sought.

Cysts within the earlobe (a.k.a. “wens”) commonly relate to normal glands within the skin and commonly are sebaceous cysts (a.k.a. epidermal inclusion cysts).  They may get infected leading to a painful, swollen and red lobe. Although injection with steroids can improve them, removal of the cyst through a small incision is the most definitive treatment to ensure that it will not return. The plastic surgeon will take care to remove the cyst with its wall entirely. The resulting scar is routinely small and should heal as a pencil thin line.

Cancerous Lesions

Because the earlobes are made up to 90% of skin, most earlobe cancers are skin cancers such as basal cell cancers, squamous cell cancers and melanomas. Sun exposure represents one of the major risk factors for skin cancers. Therefore, men will be more at risk to develop skin cancers than woman because most women’s hairstyle provides some sun protection. Early skin cancers are relatively easily treated by excision; once a cancer has been progressed, more involved treatments may be necessary. Therefore, you should have your doctor evaluate any new or suspect skin abnormality including the earlobes.

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