Specialist Plastic Surgeon Mr Dario Rochira has over 15 years experience in plastic surgery and regularly performs all types of facial surgery, including on the ears. The earlobes are appendages of the ears made of soft skin and a small amount of fatty tissue. When Studying the earlobe apperance and anatomy, one is often surprised about the large variation in size, form and shape. Aside from being important for a normal appearance of the ears, the earlobes serve women and men as popular locations for jewellery. The earlobes can become damaged or in need of surgical correction for many reasons.
Split Earlobe Repair
However excessive weight of jewellery, or trauma, can easily overcome the strength of the earlobes tissue leading to a tear in the gentle earlobe tissues.
Most torn earlobes can be effectively and safely corrected by Mr Rochira using delicate surgical repair techniques. The procedure is routinely performed in the outpatient department under local anaesthesia. After planning and marking, a small amout of local anaesthetic agent (Xylocaine) numbing solution is deposited. The procedure itself is performed without any discomfort.
In order to rebuild the earlobe, the healed and scarred aspect of the tear require removal. Repair is then performed in a straight line incision. Fine suture threads are used which support the repair and minimise scarring. Mr Rochira tends to use steri-strip to cover the wounds until the sutures are removed at 7-10 days. The healed earlobe has usually a barely visible pencil-fine scar line without aesthetic limitation.
Mr Rochira always advises his patients to wait for a minimum of 3 months before a stud can be placed back into the earlobe as it is important to prevent recurrent damage. Heavy earrings should be avoided.
Enlarged Piercing Hole
An incomplete tear in the earlobe usually starts at the original piercing site. This problem too can also be repaired in the outpatient department like the split earlobe.
Earlobes may be large from birth but commonly get larger with age. They can be sagging and hand down too far which may benefit from a decrease of the hanging curvature. An earlobe reduction is performed in the office under local anaesthesia.
A variety of problems may require reconstructive surgery of the earlobes. Earlobe abnormalities may result from hereditary abnormalities, traumatic events, surgical procedure (i.e., for skin cancer treatment) or earlobe changes due to body art. The reconstructive approaches to most of these problems differ and depend on the specific needs of the patient. Often, a creative and artistic eye is helpful in planning these delicate earlobe procedure.
To make an appointment to see Mr Rochira or to learn more about the ear lobe repair surgery that he carries out, please send an email to email@example.com or telephone his secretary on 07738 233604.