Earlobe Repair for Split or Stretched Lobes

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Before & After Earlobe Repair

Split earlobe repair results

Split earlobe repair results

Stretched or split earlobes are very common. They can look unsightly and saggy and patients are concerned and self-conscious about the appearance.

Earlobe Problems

The earlobe problem most commonly develops over a long period of time as a result of wearing heavy earrings. The weight of earrings gradually stretches the earlobe so that the small piercing becomes an elongated slit rather than a neatly pierced hole. What’s more, the surrounding flesh becomes loose and enlarged.

More recently, the trend to intentionally stretching the earlobes with gauges, spacers, flesh tunnels and tribal ear piercing jewellery has enabled people to create enlarged earlobe holes. Unfortunately, many patients do later on ‘change their mind’ about having stretched earlobes, perhaps when a more conventional look is required for professional purposes.

In extreme cases, the stretched ear piercing can eventually tear right through, creating a fully split earlobe. In other cases, it could be an accident in which the earring gets pulled, causing a split.

Whatever the cause, there is a treatment for enlarged earlobe holes or split earlobes.

Earlobe Repair

Earlobe repair is a minor surgical procedure which can effectively close or reduce extended earlobe holes or split earlobes to reshape the earlobes for a neater and more aesthetically pleasing look.

After numbing the area with a local anaesthetic, the surgeon will make an incision in the earlobe and then remove the edges of the slit and carefully stitch them together to repair the affected area.

Where possible, stitches will be on the reverse of the ear and attention will be given to minimising scarring.

Conditions Treated

This procedure is suitable for a variety of earlobe problems:

  • Stretched or elongated piercings
  • Split ear
  • Saggy, droopy earlobes
  • Torn earlobe (e.g. from wearing earrings while playing sport)
  • Removal of excess/multiple/unwanted piercings
  • Tribal ear piercings
  • Flesh tunnels

Procedure

Step by Step Earlobe Reconstruction

Firstly, the doctor/surgeon will carry out a full consultation and examination of the earlobe to understand the nature of the damage and provide information about the treatment options.

Assuming both the doctor and patient wish to go ahead, the minor surgical procedure can usually be undertaken the same day in clinic.

The procedure involves:

  1. A local anaesthetic is delivered by injection
  2. The edges of the split are removed
  3. The doctor/surgeon carefully stitches the edges together to repair the earlobe. Stitching is done from the reverse of the ear where possible for a better aesthetic result
  4. Removable stitches are normally taken out after a week

Aftercare

What aftercare is provided?

We don’t normally need to see a patient again after this procedure unless for removal of stitches. This will be fully explained in consultation prior to treatment.

Patients are encouraged to contact us in case of any concerns or queries and we will ensure they are dealt with quickly.

Aftercare recommendations

We normally advise the following general aftercare, unless the doctor/surgeon gives any different instructions, which should take precedent:

  • Keep the wound dry for 2 days
  • Leave any dressings for up to a week
  • You will be informed as to whether your stitches are dissolvable or need to be removed
  • Steri-strips can be applied over the wound for up to 3 weeks to help the wound heal
  • After 3 weeks the wound can be massaged with silicone scar gel
  • If there is any increasing pain or redness consult your doctor as it could be a sign of infection

Please feel free to contact us in case of any queries.

Massaging the Wound

As part of our aftercare we recommend massaging the wound with Kelo-cote UV silicon scar gel.

This product protects the healing wound from sunlight.

A regular massage with Kelo-cots® is clinically proven to reduce scarring.

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Treatment Time

No more than an hour

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Recovery Time

Initial healing takes a couple of weeks

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Results

Healed earlobes

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Results Duration

Permanent

Our prices

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1 earlobe£950
2 earlobes£1,900

Earlobe Reconstruction

Price for earlobe repair surgery is totally inclusive of local anaesthetic, dressings and any follow-up required.

Notes

  • The price of earlobe repair surgery is quoted individually, as requirements do vary widely. Prices above are only provided as a guide to the costs. The exact price can only be determined once the doctor has examined the patient in person. Larger and more complex earlobe holes/splits are likely to incur a higher fee.
  • Patients are invited to send a photo of the earlobe to info@cosmedics.co.uk or individual advice. This does not replace a consultation, but can be helpful as an initial assessment.

Doctor Consultation

A consultation with one of our experienced doctors is £50.

Prices for treatments carried out in the same appointment as the consultation will include the £50 consultation fee (note: same-day procedures are only undertaken where the procedure is deemed appropriate to do so AND the patient understands the full extent of the costs, risks and potential side effects and is consenting to proceed on that knowledge).

Call today for latest availability and last minute appointments 020 7386 0464.

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Your earlobe repair questions answered

Does it hurt?

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No, we use local anaesthetic to ensure that the procedure is pain-free.

After the local anaesthetic wears off, you may wish to take painkillers for the rest of the day. By the next day, any discomfort has normally passed.

How long does it take?

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Our experienced doctors/surgeons can repair a split earlobe very quickly. The procedure is normally expected to take under an hour including the initial consultation.

What about healing?

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Initial healing takes a couple of weeks. During this time, you may experience itching, but should not expect any further bleeding after the first day, unless the area is accidentally knocked.

What are the risks of earlobe reconstruction?

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With any cosmetic plastic surgery procedure there are potential side-effects in terms of infection, bleeding and scarring. At Cosmedics our doctors who are experts in dermatological surgery will ensure the highest standards of care and will also provide you with aftercare instructions to minimise the risks.

What techniques are used for this procedure?

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Earlobe reshaping is a minor surgical procedure. It is carried out on a ‘day case’ basis in our clinics and generally takes no more than an hour, including the consultation.

The surgeon will use a scalpel to expose and remove the stretched flesh inside the hole or split. The fleshy part of the earlobe will then be drawn together and secured with stitches to hold it in the right place while the flesh heals.

When can I wear earrings again?

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We do not recommend wearing earrings for at least 6 months after surgery to help prevent a recurrence. Note:

  • The ear is likely to need re-piercing. This should not be done for at least 6 months
  • Heavy earrings must be avoided permanently so that the problem does not recur
  • Wear small, light, hypoallergenic earrings for the first 2 weeks
  • Your ears may completely heal over and require re-piercing

Which clinics that perform this procedure?

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Cosmedics Skin Clinics can carry out split earlobe treatment in our London clinics at Harley StreetCity of LondonPutney, South Kensington.

Will there be a scar?

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Any surgery will leave a scar, although we do use precise methods in order to minimise this.

As part of our aftercare, we recommend the use of Kelo-cote UV silicon scar gel, which is clinically proven to reduce scarring and protects the healing wound from sunlight.

Rarely, some people with very dark or light skin have an abnormal response to healing and end up with larger scars than usual (hypertrophic or keloid scars). We will assess and discuss this at consultation prior to treatment.

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Find your nearest earlobe repair clinic

London City

City Walk-In Clinic
Ground Floor
Renown House
33–34 Bury Street
London
EC3A 5AR

0207 386 0464
Putney

4 Disraeli Road
Putney
London
SW15 2DS

0208 246 4861
South Kensington

30 Thurloe Place
South Kensington
London
SW7 2JE

0207 386 0464
Harley Street

41 Harley St
Marylebone
London
W1G 8QH

0207 386 0464

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