Welcome to Dr. Nazmi Baycin’s earlobe repair and reduction page. As a plastic surgeon in Dubai, UAE, here I will share my professional knowledge and personal experience about repair methods of split earlobe (torn earlobe), ear stretching (ear gauging), and earlobe reduction, recovery after procedures, tips to avoid unwanted results, risks, side effects and more… You will also have an idea regarding the earlobe surgery prices in Dubai.
I divide various surgeries aimed at earlobe restoration into two groups:
Wide variety of earring related deformations is not rare. Fortunately, well designed surgeries can correct the deformations such as split earlobe or ear stretching that I explain here:
Split earlobe in the other word torn earlobe occurs due to wearing the earrings for many years. The use of heavy earrings because of its weight pulls the skin down and results in lengthening of the ear holes downward. Thin or weak tissue due to aging predispose to tear.
Not only due to piercing, but sometimes split earlobe also occur even the person never had piercing. Tight clip-on earrings squeeze the skin and decrease the blood perfusion of the tissue.
As a result, lessening blood flow may lead to skin necrosis and eventual torn that needs earlobe repair.
Ear stretching has gained popularity in recent years in some population. It is a way to express a person’s individuality. Various jewelry materials expand the ear piercing hole gradually. However, hole expansion due to ear stretching makes the surrounding tissue thinner. As the hole expands, the surrounding tissue becomes thinner irreversibly, which leads to disfigurement requiring earlobe repair.
Since the diversity of the deformities, there is no standardized earlobe repair technique. Each deformity requires a customized design or a new design creation as considering the shape and size of the torn parts.
Split earlobe repair is relatively simple amongst all deformities. In split earlobe repair, I peel the skin on the torn surface surgically. Afterward I suture the edges each other reciprocally.
Suturing the torn edges may seem the earlobe repair procedure was completed. However if left so, suture line would cause notching at the earlobe curve. To prevent notching, unlike other surgeons, I also design skin flap repositioning. This maneuver provides the marginal continuity of the earlobe curve without notching.
Ear stretching repair may be simple like split earlobe repair when the hole is small. However, if the hole is too large and the surrounding tissue is too thin, the earlobe surgery challenges. In such cases, customized designs such as surgical skin peeling and special rolling techniques may require.
Local anesthesia provides sufficient numbness. Earlobe surgery time varies depending on the complexity of the deformity. While relatively simple repairs take 30 minutes, complicated deformities may take 2 hours.
You may resume your casual life just after the earlobe repair surgery. Yet, post operative care is critical in terms of wound healing. You should obey my advice that I will explain just after the procedure to achieve a good result without a problem.
The earlobe surgery is also feasible as a part of facelift surgeries.
The timing of re-piercing after earlobe repair is controversial. Some surgeons prefer to wait until the wound healing process completed for re-piercing. Some surgeons leave a little hole during the earlobe surgery let the earrings to use. I would rather delay re-piercing to let the wound heals safely.
Oversized earlobe may arise from genetic factors as well as aging. The reason whatsoever is not considerable. The way going to the solution is earlobe reduction surgery. Earlobe reduction surgery aims to achieve proportioned sized earlobe.
Just before the earlobe reduction, I mark the part which needs removal. Marking needs paying attention and must be precise to achieve absolute symmetry.
There are several surgical designs for earlobe reduction. Amongst these designs, wedge-shaped and “L” shaped tissue removal are the most common designs. However, in extreme cases customized designs may require.
I select the proper earlobe reduction design according to your earlobe size and shape.
Local anesthesia provides sufficient numbness. Earlobe reduction surgery takes 30 minutes for each one.
You may resume your casual life just after procedure. The surgical wound heals in 1 week completely. I will explain how you should care of the wound.
The surgical mark fades in 2-3 months after earlobe reduction and becomes invisible.
Since any part of the body does not have re-growing characteristic, likewise, the earlobes do not grow after earlobe reduction either. Therefore the result of the earlobe reduction is permanent.
Visit the ear surgery page to get the information regarding ear deformities.
How much does earlobe surgery cost in Dubai?
Earlobe repair and reduction costs in Dubai vary from clinic to clinic and depend on the complexity of the surgical method. In my practice, earlobe surgery prices:
Split earlobe repair price: 3.500 AED ($950) (single earlobe).
Ear stretching repair price: 4.000 AED ($1.100) (single earlobe).
Earlobe reduction price: 8.000 AED ($2.200) (double earlobe).
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