Earlobe repair London
The ears play a fundamental role in the maintenance of facial proportions and symmetry. The earlobe is easily prone to injury from traumatic insults or ear rings. Problems with the earlobe are surprisingly common. Although seen as relatively trivial in nature, they can exert a disproportionately negative effect on self-image and confidence. Fortunately, earlobes can be easily repaired. Earlobe repair surgery is also often referred to as a lobuleplasty.
Earlobe repair is a safe and effective way to correct ears that have been stretched, split or torn by tribal piercings or other earrings. This commonly happens when an ear piercing, sometimes referred to as flesh tunnels, has gradually had its diameter increased.
This is a suitable procedure for both men and women who have stretched earlobes.
There are some people who are not happy with the size of their earlobes because they feel that they are too large. In these cases, an earlobe reduction can be performed by removing excess earlobe tissue. When choosing earlobe repair, it is important that you consult with a qualified plastic surgeon who has experience in these kinds of repairs.
Earlobe repair specialists
Centre for Surgery strive to provide each and every patient with the very highest standard of care. Our plastic surgeons are constantly learning about the latest techniques at international conferences to apply to patient care. The expert surgical methods combined with many years of experience result in earlobe repair results that look beautiful and natural-looking that are in harmony with overall facial aesthetics. Centre for Surgery differ from other providers in that our surgeons are sub-specialists and only perform a select range of procedures in which they are recognised as accredited experts.
If you are interested in earlobe repair, why not book a face to face consultation with one of our specialist earlobe surgeons. Our surgeons will take time to assess you in full including selecting the most suitable method of repair customised to your unique needs and preferences. If you wish, a selection of earlobe repair before and after photos of real patients can be shown, what you can expect in terms of results and answer all your questions in detail.
Our clinic at 106 Crawford Street was recently inspected and rated as good across all 5 domains.
The Centre for Surgery approach to aftercare
Our aftercare programme was recently described as ‘outstanding’ by our regulator, the Care Quality Commission.
Our postoperative support team call all our patients the day after their procedure and then every other day thereafter for the first two weeks. The proactive nature of our postoperative support gives every patient the best opportunity for a smooth postoperative recovery free of complications. In many cases if complications were to occur, their impact is markedly lessened by early detection, prompt clinical assessment and correct treatment. Where a patient expresses concern to our team over the phone, then we often call patients in the same day for assessment with one of our expert nursing team. Even if there is no significant issue, the careful explanation and calm reassurance provided by our team can help to alleviate any worries you may have experienced.
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Split and stretched earlobe repair
Expected Results after Earlobe Repair
- Correction of earlobes that have been torn, split or stretched
- Congenital correction of earlobes that were abnormally shaped from birth
- Renewed self confidence to style hair in such a way to reveal the earlobes
- Freedom to wear all sorts of earrings with no risk of the earrings falling out
Should I have my earlobes repaired?
Large earrings and plugs will create a hole in the earlobe, which becomes bigger as the diameter of the earring is increased. After a certain size, the earlobe will never contract to its original size and shape. The altered shape of the earlobe is often difficult to hide, particularly for those who have shorter hair.
Sometimes the stretched or split earlobe will negatively impact your appearance and in some instances your work or career. In these cases, earlobe repair surgery is an appropriate option.
Dangers of ear stretching
- Can cause an ‘ear blow-out’, which happens when the skin inside of the earlobe is forced out through the back of the piercing
- Earlobe repair is the only option for stretched ears to go back to normal
- Can cause physical pain
Ideal Candidate for Earlobe Repair
- Torn, stretched or injured earlobes
- Congenitally excessively large or small earlobes
- Large holes created from tribal piercings
- Earlobes that have sagged or overly prominent scars such as keloids
- Fear that earrings will fall out because of how stretched the earlobes are
- Fear of having hair styles that will expose the earlobes on show to others
Earlobe repair is a suitable procedure for any person who has had large, heavy jewellery in the past or sustained an injury which has caused their earlobes to become damaged. Those who have naturally large earlobes or whose earlobes have enlarged with age may also wish to undertake this procedure.
This procedure is suitable for those who are over 18 years old.
Earlobe repair procedure
Earlobe repair is one of the most popular procedures performed at Centre for Surgery. Earlobe repair take about an hour to perform if a patient elects to have both ears repaired. The treatment of torn earlobes, split earlobes or stretched earlobes demand a procedure which involves a reconstruction of the soft tissue and sometimes to replace any tissue that beyond repair. In cases of partial tear, the surgeon will surgically excise the injured skin and suture the earlobe back together using very fine sutures. A restoration of normal and natural looking earlobes can be expected at the conclusion of the procedure.
Centre for Surgery is one of the most highly regarded providers of earlobe repair.
Our surgeons reconstruct all types of earlobe deformity using meticulous plastic surgery techniques.
- Split earlobe repair
- Stretched earlobe repair
- Tribal earlobe repair
Earlobe repair is performed under a local anaesthetic, so you will still be awake but unable to feel any pain. The surgery involves removing any excess tissue, with surgeons applying fine internal and external stitches to the earlobe. This will create a normal earlobe shape.
Earlobe repair is performed as a day case, so you will be able to return home on the same day.
Cost of ear lobe repair
There are a number of a factors which will impact on the final cost of your earlobe repair procedure:
- Primary or revision earlobe repair
- One or both earlobes
- Complex corrections such as tribal earlobes
- Earlobe reduction
Why not call 0207 993 4849 and speak to one of our expert patient coordinators who may be able to give you a rough costing prior to your earlobe repair procedure.
Always remember that price should never be the determining factor when it comes to choosing your provider. We feel that safety and quality of service should be your number one priority and instilling in you the confidence that our team will look after you before, during and after your procedure to the best of their ability.
Preparation for earlobe repair
Earlobe repair can be performed on a ‘see and treat’ basis on the same day as the consultation provided our patient coordinators are informed of your preference at the consultation booking stage. The earlobe repair procedure is performed under local anaesthetic as an outpatient. After earlobe repair surgery, you will be required to follow all the necessary postoperative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.
You should avoid taking any aspirin containing medicines before the procedure for at least 1 week beforehand. You should also avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for a minimum of 48 hours beforehand as both smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol impair the wound healing process.
If you have the procedure under local anaesthetic only (with no oral sedation), you may drive home after the procedure.
Recovery after earlobe repair surgery
Earlobe repair is a procedure with very little in the way of discomfort. The recovery period is characteristically very quick. Your surgeon may prescribe you a special antibiotic ointment to apply to the earlobes or a special brown tape may be applied to the earlobes which is dependent upon the surgical techniques employed.
In most cases there is no discomfort but your surgeon may recommend over the counter painkillers in the event of any prolonged soreness. Bruising and swelling are temporary phenomena and are expected to disappear in a few weeks after the procedure. Once the repair is fully healed, you can have your ears re-pierced if you wish.
You should avoid wearing polar neck jumpers or pressing your phone close to your earlobe for about a week after the procedure. You should also avoid direct sun exposure to the area and avoid use of harsh soaps to facilitate excellent healing. It is perfectly fine to return to work straightaway – there is no downtime with earlobe repair surgery. However you may wish to consider having your procedure at the end of the week to allow some rest over the weekend.
Want to wear earrings earlier?
During your consultation, it is best to discuss with your surgeon if you are wanting to wear earrings earlier then you may be a suitable candidate for the rotational flap technique, which will allow you to wear earrings sooner. This procedure will take around 50-60 minutes on each earlobe.
Risks and potential complications after earlobe repair surgery
Earlobe repair surgery is recognised to be a low-risk procedure with minimal risk of complications. Your surgeon will fully assess you to ensure your suitability for the procedure. During your consultation, the surgeon will outline the risks and potential complications associated with earlobe repair surgery.
Potential complications of earlobe repair
- Surgical site infection
- Keloid scarring
- Delayed wound healing
- Potential requirement for a revision procedure
Earlobe repair before and after
Earlobe reduction before and after
Earlobe repair specialists
Centre for Surgery are a medical practice with a commitment to providing all of our patients with the very highest standards of medical care. Our specialist plastic surgeons are always learning to keep abreast of the latest advances in their field of practice. This ensures patients get optimal results.
With the use of microsurgical techniques combined with years of experience, all our earlobe repair patients cam achieve natural earlobes which are in overall facial harmony. Our surgeons are recognised sub-specialists and we believe this helps to achieve superior outcomes compared with general plastic surgeons. By performing a smaller number of procedures extremely well, outcomes are better compared with surgeons who perform lots of different procedures but each one with much lower frequency.
If you are interested in earlobe repair, we would recommend booking a private consultation with one of our specialist plastic surgeons. Our surgeons will take time to assess you carefully and fully and will then advise the most earlobe repair technique to get optimal results.
You can ask to see before and after photos of recently treated patients to gain a general idea of what can be achieved with earlobe repair surgery. The surgeon will be able to answer any questions you may have about the earlobe repair procedure.
When should I have earlobe repair surgery?You need an earlobe repair surgery if you feel that stretched or split earlobes are affecting your appearance impacting your work and career, the earlobe repair surgical team at Centre for Surgery can provide a full range of surgical treatment options.
How is earlobe repair surgery performed?The procedure involves removing the excess tissue and using fine internal and external stitches in the earlobe to create a normal shape.
What anaesthetic is used?Earlobe repair is performed under a local anaesthetic. This means you will be awake during the procedure but unable to feel any discomfort in the treatment area.
How long is the procedure going to take?Earlobe repair surgery takes approximately 30-40 minutes.
What is the recovery period like?The procedure has zero downtime which means the recovery period is fast with minimal discomfort and the patient can take painkillers if needed.
Are there any risks associated with earlobe repair surgery?The complications linked to the procedure are minimal. Most common risks usually are infection, excessive scar formation, and notching, but these can be minimised with maximum safety optimisation.
Will I be left with scars?There will be small scars on the ears which will look red after the surgery, but will eventually fade to a pale silvery colour. The earlobe should look almost completely normal with no obvious signs of the previous piercing after 4-6 months.
Will I be able to wear earrings again?Yes, ears can be re-pierced 2 months after the operation has taken place.
Why is it important to stay out of the sun during the healing phase?Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause hyperpigmentation of the the incision lines. Our doctors therefore recommend staying out of direct sunlight for at least one week after the procedure.
What To Expect
Find the right time
Our friendly and knowledgeable patient coordinators will speak with you to learn about your requirements, it’s all confidential and your information will be used to assess whether earlobe repair is right for you. We’ll organise a convenient date and time for you to visit to have a consultation with a plastic surgeon at either of our two locations.
3D Crisalix imaging
You will be given a rough idea of guide prices by your patient coordinator. You can then be booked in to to see a surgeon based on their individual field of expertise. The surgeon will take time to listen to your needs and requirements and you may have a 3D computer scan as part of the consultation.
At the consultation, you will meet directly with the plastic surgeon. The surgeon will thoroughly assess you to determine your suitability and advise of the best options for you. Your surgeon will then explain how the procedure will work and the anaesthetic options. You will receive your personalised quote the next working day from your patient coordinator.