Interested in Earlobe Reconstruction?
We offer a large range of earlobe alterations including: repairing torn lobes, size reduction, reshaping, reversal of stretched lobe and piercing closure to name a few!
Along with more basic repairs and alterations, we specialise in the reconstruction of stretch lobes in all sizes.
We understand that there are many reasons why closing stretched ears may be needed, and unlike some clinics, there is no judgement here! We specialize in both making lobes bigger and making them smaller. We know the dedication and care that stretching involves and understand that for some, closing their lobes can be an emotional process.
Heavy Jewellery Damage
Wearing heavy earrings often creates unsightly splitting and deep crease, thinning lines in the earlobe. Prolonged wear of heavy earrings in thin gauges and incorrect support of the jewellery will always enlarge the piercing placement, lowering the position of the earring and increasing risks of a complete tear. It is important to have this corrected sooner than later. To correct an enlarged piercing passage is a simple procedure with minimal risks. It will not effect your ability to re-pierce the lobes and will allow you to keep your natural shape. A complete tear from prolonged splitting involves a more complex procedure to reshaping the lobe as the surrounding tissue has been damaged over time, too.
There are many ways people have an earring tear through; from snagging on a jumper, to a young child grabbing an earring. In any case, it is fixable. As a tear through is often a fast disconnection, the surrounding tissue is still healthy and full, allowing for better healing conditions and a more seamless result. Often people think they should have this fixed right away, however this can result in multiple procedures being needed for a natural shape as the lobe will be swollen from the trauma, preventing accurate reconnection of tissue. In most cases, it's best to wait 2-3 weeks for all inflammation to be gone and the lobe to be healthy once more. In the event of a tear, an infection is possible, seek professional assistance immediately, incase there is any cancers or signs of infection.
Further notes on why we recommend against closing a fresh/infected split lobe:
Your best option is to clear the infection by following your GP's care instructions. This could include a course of antibiotics and healing the lobe with time and making healthy life style choices. Normally this will take 1-2 weeks. In a healthy person with healthy lobes, there are no life threatening issues with a snapped lobe, it's just not attractive.
If the lobes were to be repaired while infection is present, there are not only greater risks with an unpleasing aesthetic result, but a high risk of a failed procedure and tissue death.
As we age, our skin loses its elasticity. The earlobes show this by starting to droop, looking enlarged. A correction can give back a more youthful image to the ears and allow piercings to be elevated to a safer position on the ear. This will also aid in reducing the risk of a complete tear through the lobe should they be pre pierced.
Fake Earrings and Crushed Earlobes
While some people think clip on earrings are a thing of the past, they - like most things in life - have been updated to newer designs with the use of magnets. As a result of long term use, they create pressure on the lobe, crushing the tissue and restricting blood flow, making the earlobes look abnormal and deformed.
What is the difference between having lobes repaired in hospital vs a clinic?
Our public health system is for our health care, and not for cosmetic procedures. You will not see a specialist that carries out earlobe repairs regularly, if at all.
You cannot pick and choose who you will see, and you have no indication on the quality of their work prior. The Doctor that you speak to may not even be the doctor that carries out your procedure.
Most commonly, clients are placed under general anaesthetic, which is completely unnecessary and comes with a long line of health complications and risks of its own.
It is important to note it, is not their responsibility to give you a cosmetically pleasing result, they are practicing medicine.
And even though medicine and cosmetic often go hand-in-hand, they are not the same thing.
The doctor that you see may discuss the procedure first, but ultimately their priority is simply to put you together, and then you can look in to cosmetic repair at a later date.
A specialist's job is 100% cosmetically focused. Their priority is to deliver the best results possible. To do this, they will require you to be healthy prior to your treatment. This means that there may be some minor life style changes to be made in order to be approved for the procedure.
They will discuss in great lengths; what is possible while, taking in to consideration your desired results. Their job is not to fix an illness, but to deliver aesthetically pleasing results in a safe environment.
The procedure time length is completely different as well. A procedure with a specialist may take 1-2 hours per earlobe, where as the procedure with someone inexperienced may take 15-30 minutes per lobe. Ultimately, we are talking about the difference between simply cutting and uniquely sculpting.