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Tribal Earlobes

Renowned Ear Plastic Surgeons

Performed under local anaesthetic

Minimal downtime

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Renowned Ear Plastic Surgeons

Performed under local anaesthetic

Minimal downtime

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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic.

Last Reviewed July 16th 2020

Related Cosmetic Surgery

Tribal earlobe piercings that are stretched to more than 10mm are unlikely to fully contract back to their original size.  The altered shape of the earlobe then becomes difficult to hide and can negatively impact your appearance, social life or career.

Tribal or stretched earlobe repair is a quick and effective procedure that corrects the appearance of over stretched ear lobes as a result of tribal ear piercing.

It is important to see someone who is experienced in tribal earlobe repair that is able to precisely recreate the curve of your earlobe to avoid any unnatural looking lumps or bumps.

Tribal ear repair at The Private Clinic is performed by some of the UK’s top consultant plastic surgeons who have extensive experience in ear correction surgery.

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Procedure Time

15 - 20 mins per ear

support garments

Support Garment

None

driving

Driving

1 day

back to work

Back to work

1 - 2 days

full recovery time

Full Recovery Time

4 - 6 weeks

anaesthetic type

Anaesthetic Type

Local anaesthetic

washing

Washing

1 day

mobility

Reasonably Mobile

Immediately

exercise

Exercise

1 - 2 days

final results

Final Results

6 weeks

hospital stay

Hospital Stay

Daycase

sleeping

Sleeping

Elevate head 1-2 weeks

sexual activity

Sexual Activity

4 weeks

travel

Travel

1 week

Tribal ear piercing dates back to ancient tribes and civilizations where body modification was a major part of their culture including achieving social status, religious reasons or for beauty purposes.

Tribal ear piercing stems from an original traditional ear piercing that is then stretched using a cone shaped taper which is pushed further through the earlobe on a daily basis or using large sized tunnels to deliberately stretch the piercing hole to allow larger pieces of jewellery to be worn.

When the time comes to remove these pieces of jewellery it is often difficult for the ear to return back to its original shape particularly for ears that have been stretched to over 10mm. Tribal earlobe correction surgery is then required to fix the earlobe and restore its original shape and size.

Tribal earlobe correction is often requested for those struggling to secure jobs or promotions in the workplace. Other side effects of tribal earlobe piercing are keloid scarring which can cause pain and severe itchiness and skin sagging which can cause an unsightly appearance to the ears causing patients to avoid social situations or wear their hair short.

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Before & After

Our surgeons also perform split earlobe repair for smaller tears in the earlobe and earlobe reduction to re-shape or re-size the lobe.

What to Expect

The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 35 years with thousands of people placing their trust in us each year. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalised service. We have a team of friendly nurses and expert surgeons who understand the importance of this decision and will support you throughout your journey with us.

  • Consultation
  • Pre-Operation
  • The Procedure
  • Aftercare

The Consultation

Your first step on your breast enlargement journey is to meet with one of our best breast implant surgeons.

Our breast surgery team offer reassurance and honest advice so you are well informed about which implant, size, shape or procedure type (such as under or over the muscle) is right for you.

At your consultation your surgeon will discuss:

  • The difference between tear-drop and round implants.
  • Whether you want the breasts implants under or over the muscle.
  • The ideal breast size and shape that will best suit your frame.
  • Your expectations and our comprehensive aftercare.
  • Show you before and after photos to ensure your decision is the right
    one.
  • Perform a Crisalix 3D Imaging Scan to show you what the proposed procedure will look like so that shape and size of implants can be decided upon before the procedure takes place. (Available at our Harley Street, Buckinghamshire and Northampton clinics).

The Consultation

Your first step on your breast enlargement journey is to meet with one of our best breast implant surgeons.

Our breast surgery team offer reassurance and honest advice so you are well informed about which implant, size, shape or procedure type (such as under or over the muscle) is right for you.

At your consultation your surgeon will discuss:

  • The difference between tear-drop and round implants.
  • Whether you want the breasts implants under or over the muscle.
  • The ideal breast size and shape that will best suit your frame.
  • Your expectations and our comprehensive aftercare.
  • Show you before and after photos to ensure your decision is the right
    one.
  • Perform a Crisalix 3D Imaging Scan to show you what the proposed procedure will look like so that shape and size of implants can be decided upon before the procedure takes place. (Available at our Harley Street, Buckinghamshire and Northampton clinics).

Tribal Earlobe Repair Procedure

There are a couple of techniques for earlobe repair surgery and it will depend on the size of your stretched lobe. A hole with a small diameter may only require only a few stitches but if you’ve stretched your lobes beyond 10mm in diameter, they won’t be able to spring back to their original shape and may require for the excess flesh to be trimmed before they can be reshaped. It is important to remove any excess flesh before sewing the hole closed as this allows the earlobe to be reshaped to back to its natural curve.

The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and takes around 15-20 minutes per ear. The earlobe will be closed up with absorbable stitches and you will have small dressings placed on the ear.

After Your Tribal Earlobe Repair

As tribal earlobe repair surgery is performed under local anaesthetic there is minimal downtime involved with many patients returning to work and daily activities the next day.  The overall healing time for tribal earlobe repair is 4-6 weeks for the stitches to absorb and the wounds to heal.

Your surgeon will advise you on scar management and on when you can have your ears pierced again should you wish to do so.

You will notice an instant difference in the appearance of your ears immediately after surgery. It will take 4-6 weeks for the ears to fully heal but once done your surgeon will be able to advise you on scar management to ensure you have the best results.

The Consultation

Your first step on your breast enlargement journey is to meet with one of our best breast implant surgeons.

Our breast surgery team offer reassurance and honest advice so you are well informed about which implant, size, shape or procedure type (such as under or over the muscle) is right for you.

At your consultation your surgeon will discuss:

  • The difference between tear-drop and round implants.
  • Whether you want the breasts implants under or over the muscle.
  • The ideal breast size and shape that will best suit your frame.
  • Your expectations and our comprehensive aftercare.
  • Show you before and after photos to ensure your decision is the right
    one.
  • Perform a Crisalix 3D Imaging Scan to show you what the proposed procedure will look like so that shape and size of implants can be decided upon before the procedure takes place. (Available at our Harley Street, Buckinghamshire and Northampton clinics).

The Consultation

Your first step on your breast enlargement journey is to meet with one of our best breast implant surgeons.

Our breast surgery team offer reassurance and honest advice so you are well informed about which implant, size, shape or procedure type (such as under or over the muscle) is right for you.

At your consultation your surgeon will discuss:

  • The difference between tear-drop and round implants.
  • Whether you want the breasts implants under or over the muscle.
  • The ideal breast size and shape that will best suit your frame.
  • Your expectations and our comprehensive aftercare.
  • Show you before and after photos to ensure your decision is the right
    one.
  • Perform a Crisalix 3D Imaging Scan to show you what the proposed procedure will look like so that shape and size of implants can be decided upon before the procedure takes place. (Available at our Harley Street, Buckinghamshire and Northampton clinics).

Tribal Earlobe Repair Procedure

There are a couple of techniques for earlobe repair surgery and it will depend on the size of your stretched lobe. A hole with a small diameter may only require only a few stitches but if you’ve stretched your lobes beyond 10mm in diameter, they won’t be able to spring back to their original shape and may require for the excess flesh to be trimmed before they can be reshaped. It is important to remove any excess flesh before sewing the hole closed as this allows the earlobe to be reshaped to back to its natural curve.

The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and takes around 15-20 minutes per ear. The earlobe will be closed up with absorbable stitches and you will have small dressings placed on the ear.

After Your Tribal Earlobe Repair

As tribal earlobe repair surgery is performed under local anaesthetic there is minimal downtime involved with many patients returning to work and daily activities the next day.  The overall healing time for tribal earlobe repair is 4-6 weeks for the stitches to absorb and the wounds to heal.

Your surgeon will advise you on scar management and on when you can have your ears pierced again should you wish to do so.

You will notice an instant difference in the appearance of your ears immediately after surgery. It will take 4-6 weeks for the ears to fully heal but once done your surgeon will be able to advise you on scar management to ensure you have the best results.

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FAQs

  • What is a stretched or tribal earlobe?

    A stretched earlobe is when the lobe has been purposely stretched using various ear taper tools and plugs to create an enlarged appearance.

  • Is there a limit to the size of earlobe stretch that can be repaired?

    Our surgeons are very experienced and are able to successfully repair all sizes of stretched tribal earlobes. Click here to book a consultation to see how we can help.

  • What happens during a tribal earlobe repair procedure?

    Topical numbing cream will have been applied to your earlobes and local anaesthetic is then injected into the lobe. At this point your ear should become completely numb and your ear will be wiped down and sterile drapes will be placed around the area to keep it clean. The technique used for stretched earlobes will depend on the on the shape and size of the earlobe but in most cases a section of tissue will be removed and the open ends will be stitched back together with absorbable stitches and a small bandage will be applied. Your surgeon will then start to repair your other ear if you are having both sides treated.

  • How much does Tribal Earlobe Repair cost?

    Bilateral stretched / tribal earlobe repair starts at £2,100 and can vary according to the degree of correction required, whether it is just the one ear or both that need the procedure and the size of your flesh tunnel. One tribal earlobe (unilaterial) repair starts from £1050

    We don’t follow a one-price-fits-all policy and prices are quoted on a case by case basis. You will be given an accurate quote for your requirements following your consultation.

    Consultations with our plastic surgeons are £100 at our London Harley Street Clinic.

    Consultations with our plastic surgeons are £50 at our Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton clinics.

    We offer consultations with our highly experienced Patient Coordinators which require a £25 refundable deposit to secure your place.

    Patient coordinators are able to offer you all the information you require prior to meeting a surgeon.

    Please note all consultations at our Harley Street clinic are with a surgeon.

  • Is there a tribal earlobe repair clinic near me?

    The Private Clinic has clinics nationwide so we are sure to have an expert earlobe repair surgeon located near to you.

    Our clinics are in;
    London – 98 Harley street, W1G7HZ
    Manchester – 25 St John Street, M3 4DT
    Birmingham – 88 Hagley Road, B16 8LU – West Midlands
    Leeds – 45 Park Square North, LS1 2NP – Yorkshire
    Buckinghamshire – Stokenchurch Medical Center Oxford Road, HP14 3SX – South East England
    Bristol – 92c Whiteladies Road, BS8 2QN – Clifton
    Northampton – 82 Billing Road, NN1 5DF – East Midlands

    We also have consulting rooms in Milton Keynes where you can have consultations with one of our patient coordinators.

    To find out more about booking a consultation at a clinic near you, contact us here.

  • Tribal Earlobe Repair is Available in these Clinics

    Things to Consider

    Our advice on what to consider when deciding to have a tribal earlobe repair procedure:

    1. When choosing a clinic, you should always do your research, and only go to an established, reputable clinic.

    The Private Clinic has been in the cosmetic surgery industry for over 35 years. We are here to answer all of your questions and give you peace of mind.

    2. When choosing a surgeon, make sure you know who you’ll be seeing. Their expertise, qualifications and patient satisfaction rate are important factors to take into consideration.

    At The Private Clinic, we only source the most experienced and specialised surgeons. Find out more about our plastic surgeons here.

    3. Price should never be the deciding factor when choosing where to have your treatment. Safety should be your number one priority and feeling confident that they will look after you – not only before, but also after your procedure

    4. When it sounds too good to be true, it often is. Always find out what your clinic’s reputation is.

    Our excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction, honest advice and outstanding care means your journey with The Private Clinic will be an exciting experience to a newfound shape.

    Patient Stories

    Outstanding care, patient satisfaction and results mean everything to The Private Clinic Team

    “Having an earlobe repair procedure has opened up a lot of new options and opportunities for me.”

    Marina. M
    Marina. M
    2020-11-16
    Verified review
    Dr Fallhadar did an exceptional job, he made me feel comfortable from start to finish. Fiona his assistant was also incredibly helpful and supportive throughout. They are so natural and I would highly recommend him to anyone, particularly if you want a natural and problem free result
    meryam
    meryam
    2020-11-15
    Verified review
    The derma pen training was very intensive in terms of the theory and both practical i learnt so many different techniques Dr Farah was amazing in her teaching skill and was able to Answer all my concerns
    Ana
    Ana
    2020-11-13
    Verified review
    I work with Mr Riaz Agha, a Harley Street Plastic Consultant Surgeon at one of his private clinics. I am impressed with not only his standard and quality of work but also the care and kindness that he shows to all of his patients and team. I have worked with a huge variety of different consultants over the years but Mr Argha really stands out and I would highly recommend him to friends and family, and of course if ever I consider to have any procedures in the future. Marie
    Joy Townsend
    Joy Townsend
    2020-11-10
    Verified review
    I had laser treatment on face by Emma, the results are amazing I can actually go foundation free. All the team were friendly and approachable.
    Lena Hayward
    Lena Hayward
    2020-10-31
    Verified review
    I had a breast reduction performed by Mr Navid Jallali. I am absolutely thrilled with the results. I have less backache and less neck ache. The size and shape are absolutely fabulous.The clinic was amazing. The nursing staff in the hospital were superb. I would not hesitate to recommend this clinic and Mr Jalalli to anyone wanting a breast reduction.
    Danielle
    Danielle
    2020-10-27
    Verified review
    A really positive experience. Alex is a fantastic patient co-ordinator, so friendly and reassuring. After a few changes of plan due to Covid lockdown, I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to have Dr Fattah performing my procedure. Extremely thorough and precise from the first consultation, I really trusted him. My main aim was to restore my figure after children/breastfeeding, with a really natural look that would work with my lifestyle, gym etc. Dr Fattah really “got” this and I trusted his judgement on size of implant and placement completely. I’m absolutely delighted with the result and the aftercare support has been great – surgery follow up and then annual check ups for reassurance. Thank you team, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend ?
    Allielle
    Allielle
    2020-10-27
    Verified review
    From the start to finish of my T-Lift procedure, I felt in good hands. The entire team at The Private Clinic were very caring and professional. Mr Falladah is an excellent surgeon, he explained everything clearly -before and during the procedure – and has a calm and reassuring manner. Because I was well-informed regarding what to expect after surgery, I was able to manage with minimal pain medication, but I’m glad I took a couple of days off work to recover. I’m really pleased with the results – a five star recommendation!
    EH
    EH
    2020-10-26
    Verified review
    I had preservation rhinoplasty with Dr Rochira in December 2019. I couldn’t be happier with my results. The results are very natural-looking and I feel so much more confident with my side profile. Dr Rochira is an amazing surgeon and I instantly felt comfortable. He knew exactly what I wanted and was very realistic with the results in my consultation. Thank you!
    Lilly M A
    Lilly M A
    2020-10-25
    Verified review
    Dr. Rochira performed a preservation rhinoplasty on me in December 2019. I trusted his suggestions for my nose and now, 9 months later, I couldn’t be happier with the results I’m seeing. I did not experience any bruising at all, only swelling around my eyes for the first couple of weeks — my nose itself took a few months to settle and I feel like it has really grown into the rest of my features. I entirely recommend this surgeon if you are looking for a natural result and an extremely pleasant experience.

    Why Choose The Private Clinic

    Meet our Surgeons

    We are proud to have some of the UK’s leading Consulting Plastic Surgeons working with us and together we strive to deliver effective solutions coupled with the best patient care available. All of our surgeons have extensive experience and knowledge has made them very well respected within our industry. Tribal Earlobe Repair consultations available at our BirminghamBristolLeedsManchesterLondonNorthamptonBuckinghamshire and Milton Keynes clinics.

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