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Split Earlobe Correction

Split Earlobe Correction

Split earlobes can often look unattractive, and is the main reason why people seek a correction procedure. Usually the result of trauma to the bottom part of the ear, this condition can range from a small tear to a complete split, or much larger hole than was previously made. Split earlobe correction is a fairly straightforward procedure that Chester Cosmetic Surgery treats as a day case. A local anaesthetic is often the most suitable form of anaesthesia, and allows for patients to be discharged on the same day as the surgery.

Miss Breahna repairs the visible split by stitching the skin back together so new skin can grow and seal the opening. This may result in a small scar forming at the site of correction, however, this will fade over time and blend in with the surrounding skin. The procedure is tailored to the individual’s concern, addressing the needs of one or both of the ears independently.

While the ears are healing they will need to be kept clean and dry for up to 1 week. There may be some minor post-surgery discomfort which can be eased with oral pain relief (such as paracetamol). It may be advisable to protect the ears while sleeping until the stitches have been removed, which usually happens 7 – 10 days after surgery.

At a glance

Procedure Time
45 minutes
Procedure Anaesthesia
Local anaesthetic
Procedure Downtime
24 hours
Procedure Results
Natural looking earlobes

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What Is Split Earlobe Correction Surgery?

Split earlobe correction surgery, also known as lobuloplasty, is a cosmetic procedure performed to repair and restore the natural shape and appearance of earlobes that have been stretched, split, or torn. This condition often results from the prolonged wearing of heavy earrings, gauges, or as a consequence of accidental tears. The surgery is a relatively simple, outpatient procedure that can significantly improve the aesthetic appearance of the earlobes, making it a popular choice for patients seeking to reverse the effects of earlobe elongation or injury.

The procedure involves the removal of the skin lining the split or the stretched area to create fresh edges, followed by precise suturing to promote optimal healing and minimal scarring. Techniques may vary depending on the extent of the damage and the desired outcome, but the goal remains the same: to restore the earlobe to a more natural and aesthetically pleasing state. The surgery is usually performed under local anaesthesia, minimising discomfort for you and allowing for a quick recovery period.


Who Needs Split Earlobe Correction Surgery?

Split earlobe correction surgery is suitable for individuals who have experienced damage to their earlobes that cannot be repaired naturally. This includes:

  • Individuals with Split Earlobes: The most common candidates are those with complete or partial splits in one or both earlobes, often resulting from the wearing of heavy earrings or accidental tears.
  • People with Stretched Earlobes: Those who have stretched their earlobes intentionally through gauging or inadvertently through the long-term use of heavy earrings may seek this surgery to restore the original appearance of their earlobes.
  • Patients with Deformed Earlobes: Individuals with congenital deformities or those who have experienced trauma leading to an irregular shape or size of the earlobe may also benefit from this corrective procedure.
  • Individuals Seeking Re-Piercing: Some people may undergo split earlobe correction surgery to repair and strengthen their earlobes before getting them re-pierced, ensuring a healthier and more resilient canvas for future earrings.

Benefits of Split Earlobe Correction Surgery

Split earlobe correction surgery offers numerous benefits, making it an attractive option for those considering this cosmetic procedure. These benefits include:

  • Improved Aesthetic Appearance: The primary benefit is the restoration of the natural shape and appearance of the earlobes, enhancing the overall facial symmetry and balance. This can boost self-confidence and satisfaction with one’s appearance.
  • Minimal Scarring: When performed by a skilled surgeon, such as Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna, the procedure typically results in minimal scarring, making the correction virtually unnoticeable once fully healed.
  • Quick and Simple Procedure: The surgery is relatively quick, often taking less than an hour to complete, and is performed under local anaesthesia, reducing recovery time and allowing patients to return to their daily activities shortly after.
  • High Success Rate: Split earlobe correction surgery has a high success rate, with most patients achieving their desired outcome in a single procedure. This reliability adds to its appeal for those considering earlobe repair.
  • Opportunity for Re-Piercing: Post-surgery, you can look forward to the possibility of re-piercing your earlobes once healing is complete, allowing you to wear earrings again without the risk of re-splitting or further damage.
  • Enhanced Comfort: If you have experienced discomfort or irritation from split or stretched earlobes, this surgery can provide relief, making it easier to wear headphones, earbuds, or earrings comfortably.
  • Psychological Benefits: Beyond the physical improvements, correcting split earlobes can also have a positive psychological impact, helping you feel more comfortable and confident in social and professional settings.

With the expertise of a skilled plastic surgeon like Anca, patients can achieve excellent results, minimal scarring, and a quick recovery, making it an increasingly popular choice for those seeking cosmetic earlobe repair.

Types of Split Earlobe Correction Surgery

Simple Repair

This technique is used for straightforward splits or tears. Anca removes the skin around the split to create fresh edges and then sutures these edges back together. This method is effective for clean, linear splits without significant tissue loss.

Z-Plasty

For more complex or irregularly shaped splits, Z-Plasty may be employed. This technique involves creating small, triangular flaps of skin that are rearranged to change the direction of the scar and improve the flexibility of the earlobe. It’s particularly useful in preventing the scar from contracting during the healing process, which can lead to deformation.

Flap Techniques

In cases where there is significant tissue loss or deformation, flap techniques may be used. These involve creating and repositioning flaps of skin and tissue from the earlobe or surrounding area to fill in gaps or reconstruct the earlobe shape. This method requires a skilled surgeon and is more complex than simple repair.

Tissue Expansion

Rarely, if the earlobe is severely stretched or damaged, tissue expansion might be necessary before reconstruction. This involves the insertion of a small balloon under the skin, which is gradually filled with saline over several weeks to stretch the skin. Once enough skin has been generated, it can be used to reconstruct the earlobe.

Split Earlobe Correction Surgery Explained

Split earlobe correction surgery is a precise and delicate process that requires a skilled surgeon to achieve the best results. The procedure typically follows these steps:

  1. Consultation: The first step involves a consultation with Anca to discuss your goals, evaluate the condition of the earlobes, and determine the most appropriate correction technique.
  2. Preparation: The area around the earlobe is cleaned, and a local anaesthetic is applied to numb the region, ensuring your comfort throughout the procedure.
  3. Surgical Technique: Depending on the type of correction needed, Anca will perform the chosen technique, carefully removing any damaged tissue, reshaping the earlobe, and suturing the incisions with fine stitches to minimise scarring.
  4. Closure: Once the desired shape is achieved, Anca closes the incision with stitches that may either dissolve on their own or require removal after a few days.
  5. Finishing Touches: The treated area is then cleaned and bandaged to protect it during the initial phase of healing.

The entire procedure usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes per earlobe, depending on the complexity of the repair.

 

Split earlobe correction surgery can be tailored to address the specific needs and conditions of each patient. The type of procedure chosen depends on the extent of the earlobe damage, the desired outcome, and your ear anatomy. Here are the primary types of split earlobe correction surgeries: Simple Repair, Z-Plasty, Flap Techniques, and Tissue Expansion.


Recovery and Aftercare

The recovery period for split earlobe correction surgery is relatively short and involves minimal discomfort. You can expect to return to your daily activities within a few days, although it’s important to follow Anca’s aftercare instructions closely to ensure optimal healing. Here are some points regarding recovery and aftercare:

  • Immediate Aftercare: After the surgery, the earlobes will be covered with a small bandage, which helps protect the area. Any mild discomfort can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
  • Stitch Removal: If non-dissolvable stitches are used, they will need to be removed by Anca about a week after the procedure.
  • Healing: Complete healing usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks. During this time, it’s important to avoid any trauma or pressure on the earlobes, such as from talking on the phone or wearing heavy earrings.
  • Scar Care: Anca may recommend specific products or treatments to help minimise scarring, such as silicone gel or sheets and massage techniques.
  • Avoiding Infection: Keeping the area clean and dry is essential for preventing infection. Any signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, or pus, should be reported to Anca immediately.
  • Re-Piercing: You should wait for the surgeon’s approval before getting your earlobes re-pierced. This is usually advised after the earlobes have fully healed, typically 6 months post-surgery, to ensure the tissue is strong enough to support earrings again.

Pricing & Funding for Split Earlobe Correction Surgery in the UK

The cost of split earlobe correction surgery in the UK can vary widely depending on several factors, including the complexity of the procedure, the surgeon’s experience, and the location of the clinic. On average, patients can expect to pay between £400 and £900 per earlobe. This price covers the consultation, surgery, anaesthesia, and follow-up appointments. However, it’s important to discuss all potential costs with Anca during the consultation to avoid any unexpected expenses.

In terms of funding, split earlobe correction surgery is generally considered a cosmetic procedure, meaning it is not usually covered by the National Health Service (NHS) or standard health insurance policies. You will likely need to fund the surgery privately.


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Frequently asked questions

Your split earlobes will be thoroughly examined at a pre-treatment consultation before we recommend you for surgery. Split earlobes correction can restore the appearance of the ears when trauma has caused an enlarged hole, tear or complete split of the earlobe.

Split earlobe correction is a safe procedure that restores the natural appearance of the ears. Miss Breahna will use the least invasive approach possible, and modern techniques means scarring is minimised and healing can be rapid.

Stitching the skin back together will mean piercing the skin. This can be uncomfortable (more uncomfortable than the initial ear-piercing) which is why we’ll use a local anaesthetic. This will completely numb the treatment area throughout the procedure, however some sensitivity may be felt when it wears off. Oral pain relief can be taken after the procedure if necessary.

The ears may become swollen, red and slightly bruised following split earlobe correction, which may only last for a couple of weeks. It is advisable to avoid wearing heavy earrings after repair of a split earlobe, as this may cause the scar to stretch and the earlobe may split again.

Immediate improvements will be visible once the bandages are removed, usually a few days after the surgery. However, the final results will become apparent once the swelling has subsided and the earlobes have fully healed, usually within a few weeks to months.

Like any surgical procedure, split earlobe correction surgery carries some risks, though they are relatively minor. These can include infection, bleeding, asymmetry, changes in sensation, and adverse reactions to the anaesthesia. Choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon can significantly minimise these risks.

Scarring is inevitable with any surgical procedure, but in the case of split earlobe correction, the scars are usually small and well-concealed within the natural contours of the earlobe. Over time, these scars fade and become less noticeable. Anca uses techniques designed to minimise scarring and promote healing.

For minor splits or elongation, some non-surgical options, such as dermal fillers, can provide temporary improvement by adding volume to the earlobe. However, surgery is the only permanent solution for fully split earlobes or significant damage.

Untreated split earlobes can lead to discomfort, especially when wearing earrings, and may affect self-esteem due to their appearance. While there are no severe medical consequences of leaving split earlobes untreated, the psychological and cosmetic impacts can be significant for some individuals.

The most common causes of split earlobes are the prolonged wearing of heavy earrings, which can stretch the piercing site, and trauma, such as the earring being pulled through the piercing hole. Age-related changes and genetic factors can also contribute to earlobe splitting.

The surgery is performed under local anaesthesia, so you should not feel any pain during the procedure. Post-operative discomfort is typically mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relief. Most patients report minimal pain during the recovery period.

Preparation for split earlobe correction surgery may include stopping certain medications, avoiding smoking, and arranging for someone to drive you home after the procedure. Anca will provide specific instructions based on your medical history and the details of your surgery.

About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery

Ms Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.

Anca performs a wide range of Hand Surgery & Skin Surgery and Aesthetic Breast, Body and Face Surgery,

Anca Breahna - Female Plastic Surgeon in Chester UK

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in the region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care. It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has mainly been undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK and has worked Internationally to further extend her qualifications and training.

The team at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery looks forward to meeting you and will treat you with respect, consideration, and empathy.

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