Split ear lobes can occur gradually overtime with large or heavy earrings or by being tugged or pulled inadvertently.
Split ear lobes at West Valley Hospital UK
At West Valley Hospital our experienced plastic surgeons perform split ear lobe repair surgery.
They offer rapid access to appointments so that you can get your split ear lobe repaired quickly and effectively in our modern outpatient setting.
We have competitive fixed price packages and a number of ways to pay for your treatment
depending on your preference.
What are split ear lobes?
Split ear lobes are a common occurrence where your ear lobe becomes torn and splits.
What are the causes of earlobes to split?
Split earlobes are typically caused by:
- Trauma – when earrings snag on clothing or they are forcefully pulled often in contact sports. Prolonged use of heavy earrings or ear tunnels – these can stretch your pierced hole and eventually cause it to pull through over time.
- Thin ear lobes
Can split earlobes be repaired?
Yes, split earlobes can be repaired to improve their cosmetic appearance and so that you are able to wear earring again. Split earlobes can be repaired effectively so that ear piercing of the repaired earlobe can be done at a later date.
Split ear lobe repair surgery is a relatively quick and simple procedure performed under local anaesthetic. It takes between twenty and thirty minutes depending on the severity of the tear.
Once your earlobe is numb your surgeon will remove the scar tissue on the edges of your split earlobe and use fine stitches to repair it.
What is the cost of repairing split earlobes?
The cost of your split earlobe repair will depend on your individual requirements of the surgery. Our guide package price for earlobe repair is from £900.
This guide price is an estimate of costs and you will receive a formal quotation price following your consultation with one of our cosmetic surgeons. This formal quote for your split earlobe repair surgery will be valid for 60 days and includes unlimited aftercare.
Surgery to repair split ear lobes is not normally covered by private health insurance. We have a number of finance options available for your repair surgery. These include All-inclusive Total Care where a single one-off payment at a pre-agreed price delivers direct access to all the treatment you need for complete reassurance, pay as you go and interest-free medical finance loans.
How long is the recovery process after the earlobe procedure?
The recovery process after your earlobe procedure is short. You will be allowed to go home straight after the operation. Any post-surgery pain can be managed with over-the-counter pain relief. You may be given an antibiotic ointment to apply. Any dressings will be removed at your follow-up appointment at 7 to 10 days.
You will have a small scar after your earlobe surgery that will gradually fade over the next few months.
You should wait three to six months before having your ears pierced again and longer if possible. It is recommended that your earlobe is pierced in normal tissue and not through your scar from earlobe repair surgery as there is a risk of the earlobe tearing again.