The Daily Mail
A man who couldn’t get a job after getting ‘tribal’ earlobes has forked out more than £1,900 to get them fixed.[…]
Surgeons at the The Private Clinic of Harley Street, where Sam underwent the ‘corrective tribal ear procedure’, claim they have seen an enormous uplift in people seeking the treatment in recent years, as stretched lobes continue to fall out of fashion.[…]
In June, Sam finally decided to undergo earlobe repair surgery at The Private Clinic.
The corrective procedure, which takes 20-30 minutes, is performed under local anaesthetic, while the patient is still awake but under conscious sedation.
For patients like Sam, who have stretched their lobes beyond just a couple of centimetres, the lobes cannot spring back to their original shape with the help of a few simple stitches; instead, the excess flesh must be trimmed and the earlobe carefully reshaped by a surgeon.
The Bilateral Stretched earlobe repair starts at £1,890 and varies according to the degree of correction required, whether it is just the one ear or both that need the procedure, and the size of the patient’s flesh tunnel.
Mr Adrian Richards, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at The Private Clinic, who performed Sam’s procedure, says he sees over 100 people for this treatment each year – and the number is growing.
He says the treatment is perfect for patients who made decisions in their younger years, which they grew to regret, the opportunity to have those mistakes corrected.
‘I frequently see patients who regret the decisions that they have made and ear lobe stretchers are perhaps one of the most common,’ Mr Richards said.
‘Before they come to see me, many people put off the process for years, believing that any corrective procedure would be painful and expensive.
‘But, in reality, this is an issue that can often be corrected quickly and simply, without the need for a painful operation or lengthy downtime.
‘I see a large number of men and women who are looking to progress careers in the army, navy or the emergency services, most of which may not accept candidates with excessively stretched ear lobes. So for those individuals, this really can be a life-changing procedure.’