Earlobe repair

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

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.

Split Earlobes

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 surgery 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 local anaesthetic, the surgeon will make an incision in the earlobe and then carefully stitch to repair the affected area. Where possible, stitches will be on the reverse of the ear and attention will be given to minimising scarring.

Treatment Information

Costs & Prices

Earlobe Reconstruction

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

Prices from:
1 earlobe £750
2 earlobes £1200

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 fto 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).

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What techniques are used for this procedure?

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 dissolvable stitches to hold it in the right place while the flesh heals.

Does it hurt?

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.

What about healing?

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.

Will there be a scar?

Kelo-coteAny 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 that 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.

What are the risks of earlobe reconstruction?

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.

When can I wear earrings again?

We do not recommend wearing earrings for at least 4 months after surgery. Note:

  • 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

Where are your clinics that perform mole removal?

Cosmedics Skin Clinics can carry out this procedure in our London clinics at Harley StreetCity of LondonPutneyKnightsbridge.

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 silicon 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.

What aftercare is provided?

We don’t normally need to see a patient again after this procedure. However, if you have any problems or concerns please contact us and we will ensure they are dealt with quickly.

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

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What our patients say

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""Dr Ross Perry can only be described as fantastic. His professionalism, care and knowledge is excellent. We cannot thank him enough for the excellent treatment he provided to a family member. From booking an appointment to the treatment itself the service is the best I have ever experienced.

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Good product knowledge. Had all seals on so new it was brand new.

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Natanya S

Really pleased with my experience from start to finish. I went for a procedure three days ago at the Bristol clinic. The receptionist was quick to call me back when I enquired about an appointment, and booked me in quickly. The waiting room was more like a visit to one of William the third's apartments at Hampton Court Palace. The really kind and friendly nurse helped to put me at ease before and during the procedure and made the experience less terrifying (I was very nervous)! And Dr Rhys Stevens also put made me feel relaxed and did a really good job, and pain free procedure. I'm very pleased with the results. Thank you!

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Anonymous

Efficient, explained everything well, put me at ease and painless.

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Clint

I had been shopping around to have some Facial Thread Vein work done and was feeling unsure about it. I had concerns due to my lack of knowledge about the procedure as I have never had anything like this done before. All the other places I contacted were not so helpful and just booked me in for a consultation. However I spoke to Helen at Cosmedics on the telephone and found her helpful and informative. She listened to my concerns and even offered suggestions. It is rare these days to receive a high level of friendly customer service but on this day I did receive it. I have since had the work done and happy so far as I only had it done two days ago. However my big thanks is to Helen for putting me in the right direction. Thanks Helen!

Posted 2 months ago

Anne

Good explanation, thorough treatment, pleasant clinic.

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Sam

Fantastic: very quick, clean environment and professional but friendly staff. Thank you very much

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Nicola F

Excellent advice and perfect results from Dr Vardy, put at ease and very happy.

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Katherine F

Very good and relaxed procedure.

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Rosie C

Was given a thorough consultation and treatment on the same day

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