Ear Lobes Repair / Ear Correction
Earlobe repair is a simple surgical procedure for men and women with stretched or elongated or torn earlobes as a result of a ‘tribal’ ear piercing.
Split Earlobe Repair is also a procedure that can be performed for an earlobe which has torn entirely, most commonly as a result of accidental tear. A split or torn earlobe is one of the most common aesthetic deformities of the ear. This can result from heavy earrings, an earlobe that is pierced in an improper position, or from trauma to the lobe. Regardless, it can cause distress to the patient who wants to continue to wear earrings or would like to restore symmetry to their earlobes. Fortunately, there is a simple and effective procedure that can fix these earlobe tears.
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 our specialised qualified surgeon who are experienced in earlobes repair.
TORN OR SPLIT EAR LOBES
The earlobes are appendages of the ears made of soft skin and a small amount of fatty tissue. When studying the earlobe appearance and anatomy, one is often surprised about the large variation in size, form and shape. Aside from being important for a normal appearance of the ears, the earlobes serve women and men as popular locations for jewelry. Often, the earlobes are pierced to fit various forms of ear ornaments ranging from little studs to larger and heavier items.
OTOPLASTY (EAR CORRECTION)
This is done to pin back the Bat Ear (Protruding Ear), it is done under local anaesthesia and does not require hospital stay. The cuts are made behind the ears. The missing fold is created by folding the ear cartilage backwards after thinning and scoring it. Then the cartilage and the skin are sutured.
LARGE EAR HOLES AND SPLIT EAR LOBES
The enlarged ear holes are due to wearing heavy ear rings for a long time. There are 2 ways to repair the above. In one method the entire hole is removed and stitched up and ear lobe is re pierced after one-and-half months. In the second method the ear lobe is repaired leaving a small hole for the ear ring. Probably, it is ideal to repair the entire area and repierce later to avoid recurrent enlargements of the hole in shorter durations. This surgery is done under local anaesthesia as an out patient.
CORRECTION OF SPLIT EAR LOBES
We have seen creative patients using transparent tape to temporarily repair their torn lobe. Unfortunately, skin reaction may develop making this habit obsolete in the long run.
Most torn earlobes can be effectively and safely corrected using delicate surgical repair techniques. The procedure is routinely performed in our clinic under local anesthesia with an optional sedative. After planning and marking, a small amount of lidocaine numbing solution is deposited. The procedure itself is performed without any discomfort. In order to rebuild the earlobe, the healed and scarred aspects of the tear require removal. Repair is then performed in a straight line or in a zigzag. The most appropriate technique will be discussed with the patient and depend on the specific location of injury and anatomy of the earlobe. Fine suture threads are used, support the repair and minimize scaring. Small amounts of antibiotic ointment are applied at home for a few days ensuring cleanliness. The healed earlobe has usually a barely visible pencil-fine scar line without aesthetic limitations.
EARLOBE SLIT (Enlarged Piercing Hole)
An incomplete tear in the earlobe usually starts at the original piercing site and continues downward for some degree. The result is an earlobe hole too large to hold ear studs. Closure of the enlarged slit-like hole can be performed in our clinic. A new piercing usually has to be performed but has to wait for approximately from 6 to 8 weeks.
Large earlobes can be sagging and hang down too far which may benefit from a decrease of the hanging curvature. In other instances, the earlobe is rather fleshy and elongated requiring a decrease of the overall length. An earlobe reduction is performed in our clinic under local anesthesia with the option of a sedative. Sometimes, earlobe reduction is performed in conjunction with a face and neck lift procedure.
EARLOBE RECONSTRUCTION (EarLobe Repair)
A variety of problems may require reconstructive surgery of the earlobes. Earlobe abnormalities may result from hereditary abnormalities, traumatic events, surgical procedures or earlobe changes due to body art. The reconstructive approaches to most of these problems differ and depend on the specific needs of the patient. Often, a creative and artistic eye is helpful in planning these delicate earlobe procedures.
Earlobe repair surgery for correction or reduction is a popular procedure right at our Go Cosmetic Clinics, that many people don’t even know we offer! Earlobes that are ripped from heavy earrings or trauma or misshapen earlobes can be easily fixed right in our clinic. During the earlobe procedure, the earlobe is numbed and the patient does not feel a thing. Depending on the severity of the tear, a small area of the ear is excised and then stitched together to close the earlobe to give you a natural looking earlobe. Sutures are removed 6-7 days later and we can even repierce your ear a few weeks later!
In some unique cases, a dermal filler can be used to add lost volume to the earlobe – improving its appearance and function in just a quick visit.
Feel free to call us and to step in for a free consultation, to know more exactly to be done for your EarLobe Repair.