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Ear Reshaping & Split Earlobe Correction

THE PROCEDURE

Reshaping the ear, particularly the earlobe, is an increasingly popular plastic surgery procedure. Most commonly it is performed to correct a tear, split or large hole in the earlobe. However, techniques to reshape and reduce overly large earlobes are also possible.

WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?

Earlobe reshaping is performed under local anaesthetic. The operation is carried out in our procedure room and takes between 20-minutes to 1-hour, depending on whether one or two ears are being operated on and on how complex the surgery is.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Ear reshaping can address unsightly tears or holes in the ear, as well as reshape the ear, all of which can produce a natural appearing ear, with subtle scarring.

Other thoughts regarding Ear reshaping & split ear lobe repair

As mentioned above, depending on the complexity of the surgery, the procedure will take 20-60 minutes.

The procedure is performed as an “office-based” procedure under local anaesthetic. This allows a speedy recovery. Stitches will be used that are usually kept in for around 10-days. There will be tapes over the stitches which are left in place until you return to have the stitches removed.

It is recommended that no sporting or strenuous activity is performed until around a week after the stitches are removed. Showering and washing is possible – as long as attention is paid to the surgical tapes to ensure they are dry afterwards (a hair dryer on a cold setting is very useful for this).

You will notice an immediate improvement to the shape of your ear after the procedure. The scars will be red initially, which is quite normal, and will then fade gradually. Scars can take over a year to completely fade in some people. If you plan to pierce your ears after the operation, we suggest waiting around 6-months, and ideally placing the piercing away from the actual scar if at all possible.

The following complications may be associated with this procedure:

  • Bleeding – this is usually “nuisance” bleeding and will stop with pressure applied for 10-15 minutes. Rarely, the wound will need to be opened and the bleeding stopped more formally in the procedure room.
  • Wound infection and delayed healing may occur, but again are unusual. The risks are higher in people suffering from diabetes and in smokers
  • Unsightly scarring in some people – rarely, scarring can become lumpy (hypertrophic or keloid). This may require further treatment to try to improve the appearance of the scars (at further cost).

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