Earlobe Repair Surgery
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.
What is a split earlobe?
The earlobe is the lower, fleshy part of the ear that is sometimes pierced. The area consists of a delicate piece of skin that is made up of fat and skin. This area can be split or ripped due to heavy or over-stretched earrings. Split earlobes can be caused by trauma, which may occur if earrings are pulled through the piercing hole. Additionally, wearing earrings — especially heavy earrings — can lengthen the piercing hole and eventually pull through over time. People with thin earlobes are predisposed to this occurring.
What is an earlobe repair?
Earlobe repair or split earlobe surgery is a quick and simple minor surgical procedure to correct split, ripped or torn earlobes and/or stretched earlobes. It is carried out under local anaesthetic and is a short procedure. If you’re interested in having your split earlobe, widened piercing hole or stretched ear piercings reversed or repaired, arrange a consultation at The Private Clinic with our expert Consultant Cosmetic Surgeons who have expensive experience in ear correction surgery. It is a quick simple procedure with excellent results and no downtime.
Split Earlobe Surgery Before and After Photo
Sonia thought she would never be able to wear earrings again before going ahead with her Split Earlobe Repair, read her patient story here
Where can I fix my split earlobe?
See what you need to know about fixing a split or partially split earlobe.
Other types of earlobe repair: Tribal earlobe repair
Our consultant plastic surgeons are also able to offer tribal earlobe repair to correct stretched earlobes and earlobe reduction to re-shape or re-size the fleshy lobe part of the ear.
The Earlobe Reconstruction procedure
The technique used for your Earlobe reconstruction will depend on the state of your lobes and your desired results. It’s a fairly straightforward procedure that can be done in any of our in-house theatres under local anaesthetic. The procedure takes 20-30 minutes to perform.
If your lobes are sagging, then an earlobe reduction will be the best way to reshape them and make them more proportionate, whereas if they’ve been torn then they can be stitched up and amended as well.
For those of you with stretched lobes there are a couple of options. A hole with a small diameter could require only a few stitches. If you’ve stretched your lobes beyond 1.5cm 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.
The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic, there’s no downtime involved, allowing you to return to your daily activities as soon as you’re ready.
Your surgeon will advise you on scar management and on when you can have your ears pierced again should you wish to do so.
When it comes to researching cosmetic earlobe surgery procedures there are a lot of words and abbreviations that may seem confusing. We have created a glossary of the most commonly used Plastic Surgery words which you can view here.
What is earlobe repair?
Earlobe repair is a surgical procedure that aims to correct the appearance of split or stretched earlobes medically known as a lobuloplasty.
What is a split earlobe?
A split earlobe is when there is a separation of the skin on the lobe which causes a split-like appearance.
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.
Why do earlobes split?
Split earlobes are most commonly caused when earrings catch on clothing for example and they can tear the skin. They can also be caused by wearing heavy earrings for long periods of time.
Will a stretched or split earlobe heal naturally without surgery?
If you had ear stretchers and they were below 10mm it is possible that the hole in your ear will naturally constrict back to a smaller size. If the hole is over 10mm then the hole will gradually shrink over time, but not enough so that it would not be noticeable and you will then require surgery to repair it.
Is there a limit to the size of earlobe stretch that can be repaired?
All sizes of ear stretches can be repaired.
How long does earlobe repair surgery take?
Earlobe repair usually takes around 15 minutes per ear.
Is earlobe repair carried out under general or local anaesthetic?
Earlobe repair surgery is usually carried out under local anaesthetic.
Does earlobe repair hurt?
You should feel no pain during the procedure as both a topical numbing cream and local anaesthetic is applied to the area. As the anaesthetic gradually wears off post-procedure you may feel a little discomfort which can easily be managed with pain relief such as paracetamol.
What happens during an earlobe repair procedure?
Topical numbing cream will be applied to your earlobes before local anaesthesia is injected into the lobe. Once numb, your ear will then be wiped down and sterile drapes will be placed around the ear. The technique of correcting a stretched earlobe will vary slightly deepening on the shape and size but generally a section of tissue will be removed and the open ends are then stitched back together with absorbable stiches and a bandage will be applied.
What is a rotational flap earlobe repair?
Split earlobe repair with rotation flap is a technique which allows patients be able to safely wear earrings again two weeks after their procedure instead of having to wait 6 months. The length of this procedure takes between 30 -40 minutes per earlobe.
How will I need to sleep after my surgery?
There are no real limitations to the position you can sleep in after earlobe repair surgery. We usually recommend that you sleep with an extra pillow as this will elevate your head and reduce any bruising or swelling.
How long will the results from earlobe surgery last?
Earlobe repair surgery is permanent so unless you decide to stretch your earlobes or you wear certain earrings that may stretch the ear again – your earlobe surgery results should be unaffected.
Can I pierce my ears after earlobe surgery?
You will be able to pierce you ears again after surgery. We usually recommend that you wait 6 months before doing this however to ensure the earlobe has fully healed. We would also recommend that you only wear small stud earrings to begin with as your earlobe will be weaker.
How long will I need to take off work after earlobe surgery?
You will not require any time off work after earlobe surgery although if you work a particularly strenuous job or within a dusty environment then it may be best to take a couple of days for the earlobe to heal up. Your stitches may still be visible however for up to a week post-procedure so you may require additional time of if you are in a cosmetically sensitive job.
When can I exercise after earlobe repair surgery?
We recommend that strenuous exercise is avoided for 48 hours to reduce the risk of bleeding and reduce pain.
Will I be able to drive home after earlobe repair surgery?
You are usually fine to drive home after an earlobe procedure unless you have taken any medication during surgery that may make your insurance invalid.
When will I be able to wash my hair after earlobe repair surgery?
You will be able to shower and wash your hair 24 hours after your procedure. Take care not to get the earlobe excessively wet and that you pat dry the area afterwards.
How long is the healing time after earlobe repair surgery?
The healing time is usually 4-6 weeks.
Will my stitches need removing?
The stitches used for earlobe repair are usually absorbable stitches which mean they will naturally dissolve within 2 weeks. If it has been two weeks and they are still visible then they can be removed at a post-op appointment.
Will I have a scar?
You will have a very thin linear scar on your earlobe post-procedure. This should gradually fade over time becoming almost unnoticeable.
How much does Earlobe Repair Surgery cost?
Split Earlobe Repair Cost UK
Bilateral Earlobe reconstruction surgery prices start at £950 for a small procedure (split earlobe repair). Split earlobe repair on only one ear (unilateral) starts from £475
We also offer Tribal Earlobe / Stretched earlobe correction. Click here to find out more.
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 earlobe surgery safe?
As with any surgical procedure there are always risks but earlobe repair is a very safe procedure. Common complications include poor scaring and infection.
Is there an earlobe repair surgery clinic near me?
The Private Clinic has clinics nationwide so we are sure to have an expert split 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 advisors.
To find out more about booking a consultation at a clinic near you, contact us here.
What does a free split earlobe repair consultation mean?
We offer a free split earlobe repair phone and video consultations with an experienced patient adviser.
They will provide information on the best earlobe repair surgeons to suit your requirements.
In order to secure the timed appointment we will ask for a £25 refundable deposit. This is refunded once the consultation takes place. You can change your appointment time up to 48 hours before.
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. Earlobe Reconstruction consultations is available at our Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, London and Glasgow, Northampton, Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire clinics.
Comments from patients
“I’m so pleased with the results and it is really life changing for me!” *Nicole Hopkirk, Former Managing Editor, MSN Health
“I just wanted to say thanks to you all for being such a great team and for making me feel at ease from the start to finish on the day of my procedure. I was really nervous, but you all made me feel much more comfortable with your warm and friendly approach. I would highly recommend you to anyone and can’t wait to see my final results!” *Birmingham
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