The earlobe is the fleshy part of the ear which is commonly pierced or ‘stretched’ with a tribal piercing, it is a delicate piece of skin that is made up of fat and flesh. It is fairly common for earlobes to stretch and become misshapen from the normal day to day wearing of heavy earrings, or for earlobes to tear for a variety of reasons.
Earlobe Correction surgery can repair the damage to the earlobe and leave the earlobe looking close to how it did before the piercing created any misshapen appearance. This procedure can also have great effect on tribal piercing, also called ‘flesh tunnels’. Although this correction can take longer than repairs for stretched or split earlobes, the procedures are relatively short and can mostly be undertaken under general anaesthetic. Stretched or split earlobes can cause embarrassment or low self-esteem to many people, especially for men who cannot conceal their earlobes through longer hair styles. Earlobe Reduction surgery can help improve your appearance, social life and career, and for such a life changing procedure earlobe surgery costs are relatively low for the effect that they will have on your life.
The first consultation with leading plastic and cosmetic surgeon, Mr Andrea Marando, will usually take one hour and will mostly take place in Manchester at the Star Clinic, or at his practice in Harley Street, London. Mr Marando will guide you through the process of considering Earlobe Correction surgery, and once you have decided whether this cosmetic surgery is right for you then Mr Marando will invite you back for a second consultation.
During your consultation you will be assessed so that Mr Marando is sure that he can get the optimal results desired to improve the appearance of your stretched ears. Throughout this assessment, photos of the area will be taken and these photos will be evaluated and discussed. It is important that you yourself know what you expect from the surgery, as Mr Marando will evaluate your expectations to make sure the procedure achieves the desired results. Mr Marando will also discuss with you any risks of the surgical procedure and any worries you may have about the operation. Mr Marando will make sure that you understand the procedure in detail and feel comfortable with all aspects involved.
Earlobe Correction surgery allows correction of the problem by reshaping or removing the area that has been stretched and leaving a well contoured, flat earlobe.
Earlobe Repair surgery (to fix stretched or damaged ears) usually takes 30-40 minutes and can generally be undertaken using local anaesthetic. The type of anaesthetic used will be discussed with you during your consultations with Mr Marando, as you may prefer to have the procedure performed under twilight anaesthesia, which is similar to general anaesthetic, but has less side effects.
This operation will usually involve only a day stay in hospital as it is a relatively unintrusive procedure. The risks involved with Earlobe Correction surgery are also minimal, but with all operations there are still some minimal risks. Risks can include: scarring or asymmetry of the earlobes and also infection or bleeding. These risks can be minimized by choosing a competent surgeon such as Mr Marando (a leading plastic and cosmetic surgeon).
Recovering from an Earlobe Correction procedure is quick and will hardly at all impinge on your day to day life.
The ‘Back to Work’ time frame from this procedure can be judged at three days and scars from the procedure should fade within weeks or months after the surgery has taken place.
Mr Marando will advise you to refrain from physical exercise of the lower body for two weeks, and the upper body for four weeks. This is to minimize damage to the correction site and also minimise any bruising that can be increased with exercise.
As you can go home immediately after the operation, Mr Marando and his team will supply you with a care package and any pain or soreness can be managed with over the counter painkillers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol. It is also advised that you keep the area dry for 4-5 days after surgery, so it is recommended that you do not wash your hair for this time, or do so with help, being very careful to keep the area clean and dry.
You will also have a follow up appointment scheduled about a week after your appointment with Mr Marando to check on your progress and remove any stitches that Mr Marando feels necessary. Mr Marando is a highly credited cosmetic surgeon based at the Star Clinic in Manchester; rest assured that he will guide you through the process to achieving a more confident and happy ‘you’.