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Tribal Earlobe Repair

The Problem

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. Our specialised  surgeons are available at our clinics in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol, Buckinghamshire and Northampton.

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.

Stretched Ear Lobe Repair Before and After Photos

Stretched Ear Lobe Repair Before and After Photos

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

The Problem

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 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.


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.

Tribal Earlobe Repair

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    All images, videos and testimonials are based on the personal experiences of our patients and represent individual body shapes and results. Please bear in mind that results may vary from person to person. All testimonies are provided voluntarily by our patients and clients. Their comments have not been altered in any way, and their experiences are their own.


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    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 is available at our Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, EssexManchesterLondon and Glasgow, Northampton and Buckinghamshire clinics.

    Patient Stories

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    “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!” *


    “So impressed, extremely professional, extremely friendly, lovely set up. Felt so relaxed and at ease, would more than highly recommend The Private Clinic and I’m considering having other procedures in the new year. Thank you!” *

    Catherine, Leeds

    “Thank you so much. Everyone was so friendly and caring. Could not fault anything. I have already recommended the treatment to everyone.” *


    “I am 100% satisfied. Great doctor and staff. The results are amazing. I feel like a new person. You have the WOW factor!” *


    Bilateral stretched / tribal earlobe repair starts at £1,325 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 £895

    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.

    We offer FREE consultations with our highly experienced Patient Advisors who are able to offer you all the information your require prior to meeting a surgeon. Consultations with our Consultant Plastic Surgeons are £50. Please note that consultations at our Harley Street clinic are with the Surgeons.

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