Torn and stretched out earlobes can be unsightly. Affected people usually feel self-conscious about how their torn ears look. At Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin we see patients with stretched, torn, split and gauged earlobes. Enlarged earlobes are a common complaint. Just like the ageing process in other areas of the face, our earlobes can simply sag over time It is mainly due to gravity and loss of skin elasticity. Earlobes simply get bigger with age. Earlobe repair is a cosmetic procedure designed to address stretched, torn, gauged, or unusually long earlobes. The aim of earlobe repair surgery is to correct damaged earlobes and restore self-confidence in affected people.
Causes of torn earlobes
Heavy Earrings: In due course, ear piercings stretch and tear if a person habitually wears oversized or heavy earrings. As well as creating an unsightly long or wide slit, earrings may tear completely causing split earlobes.
Trauma: Many people suffer earlobe damage due to physical trauma, for example having an earring pulled off. A more common cause is earrings getting caught in clothing when taking tops on or off.
Long earrings: On other instances, a large pendulous earring can cause damage over time. After several years of wearing long earrings, the pierced hole can stretch out significantly.
Elasticity: Ears can lose their elasticity over time, making it difficult to wear earrings properly. It becomes difficult to keep small earrings or ear studs in place. With an enlarged ear piercing wearing dangling earrings puts earlobes at further risk for splitting.
Tribal piercings: In the early naughtiest, tribal-style piercings with large gauge were popular. By sheer force, gauges create a “flesh tunnels” that will not heal on their own once the gauge is removed. Many men or women who get earlobe gauges during their younger years come to reverse it. Usually due to seeking a different career path, or simply grow tired of the trend.
How Earlobe Repair Surgery Works
Earlobe repair procedure is a relatively painless surgery. The procedure takes about 30 minutes per earlobe to complete.
The procedure is performed with local numbing. Patients may feel an initial needle scratch, but the remainder of the procedure is pain free.
If the damage to your ears is a result of large gauges, then Dr Hazem Kahlout will perform a Z-Plasty procedure. At the end of the procedure he will close the site with dissolving stitches to recreate as normal an earlobe shaped as possible.
Some scarring will result after the earlobe repair procedure, which will fade over time. Your earlobes should be back to normal after about four to six months with little or no signs of prior damage, just faint residual scar. You can also have your ears re-pierced a few months later if you so choose.
Benefits of Earlobe Repair
A delicate cosmetic surgery procedure, the earlobe repair can dramatically improve a patient’s self-confidence.
At Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin we see people for correction of stretched-out earlobes for various reasons. Often, they are tired of the look of hanging or drooping earlobes. They want either with no piercings, or to be able to wear smaller, more conservative earrings. In other instances, they may have changed their overall style from alternative to more traditional. They may be looking for a new career where their earlobes might make a statement that does not complete their current personality.
Many people remove large gauge earrings for professional or change in lifestyle reasons. Correcting the damage that was caused from wearing gauges can help some acquire new employment in jobs that restrict these types of jewellery.
Cosmetic procedures renovate, improve, or modify a part of a person’s body to improve their self-image and self-esteem, as well as to provide them more satisfaction with the appearance or function of targeted part of the body. With earlobe repair either from wearing large gauges or due to torn earlobe or enlarged piercing hole, it is usually a cosmetic concern “to want to have normal looking earlobes again”, but it also will allow the person to be confident about their appearance once again and to wear normal earrings.
Ultimately, earlobe repair is a very gratifying procedure for a lot of our patients, where it enables them to move forward without even thinking of their earlobes afterwards!
Torn earlobe repair first involves refurbishing the edges of the torn lobe by removing a tiny slither of skin. Then, using fine sutures, the earlobe is meticulously repaired to recreate a normal, rounded earlobe that matches your natural ear shape as closely as possible.
You will be able to return home immediately after the procedure, with only a small bandage covering the stitches. The stitches will be removed one to two weeks later. When the earlobe has healed and the scar has softened, you may re-pierce the repaired earlobe. It takes about three months for the earlobe to fully heal.
There are two types of repair depending on the complexity of the correction required. The first is simple earlobe repair and the second is z-plasty. At your initial consultation the doctor will assess your earlobes taking in consideration the integrity of blood supply and position of the intended correction.
The cost of one sided earlobe repair surgery is of €750, two sides €950.
For complex repairs, a delicate z-plasty procedure is preferred and the cost is €1500 for one side and for two €1950.