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 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).

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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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Very good. Very quick treatment and pain free.

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Anonymous

Dr Dan Thio did a wonderful job removing my cyst and leaving minimal scarring, he was very professional and made me feel very comfortable during the surgery. The price I paid on the day for the surgery also included aftercare, which in my case included being provided with steristrips and handful of dressings and also stitch removal appointments. I went back after 7 days to have my stitches removed, Dr Jennifer Todman assessed the area and decided to postpone my stitch removal for another 5 days. I felt very confident in her professional expertise and appreciated that they were happy to see me for a second stitch removal appointment at no additional cost. There is a definite patient over profit philosophy. 5 days later I saw Dr Britt Vardy at the Harley Street Clinic for my stitch removal, it was quick and painless. Dr Vardy too is very professional and makes you feel very comfortable. The see and treat service was brilliant, It was important for me to have my surgery as soon as possible. Most other places wouldn't see me for at least 8 weeks but just 8 days after my initial phone call to Cosmedics, I was in the Putney Surgery, having my surgery. Overall an extremely positive experience, Thank you to the team at the Putney and Harley Street Surgeries. Cosmedics will definitely be my first port of call should I ever require any of the other services they provide.

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Dorothy W

I am very pleased with the treatment Dr Vardy was very professional and efficient

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Kelly K

Very professional and clear wth all options. patient before profits. Can’t wait to come back for second vitas.

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Maida T

I am very pleased with the treatment. Lydia is very professional and knowledgable. She has explained the procedure, expectations and follow up maintenance which is very important to me. I shared a very enjoyable conversation with Lydia. I would highly recommend Lydia for any trearmant.

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Lamia E

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Alexandra

This is the second time I had a mole removed with Dr Vardy. The treatment was quick and painless and Dr Vardy was very professional. Very happy with the results.

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