Earlobes represent only a small region of the face. Nevertheless, at least one earlobe can be seen from almost all perspectives of the face. This is why earlobes have been decorated with jewellery for thousands of years. Earlobes consist of skin and subcutaneous fatty tissue, pervaded by a dense network of hair vessels. The shape of the earlobe may be grown or freely suspended. Our genetic makeup determines the shape of the earlobe and means that free earlobes are more common than grown earlobes.
Changes in the shape of the earlobe are often perceived as unattractive. Congenital malformations of the earlobes are rather rare. Split earlobes are often caused by heavy jewellery worn over a long period of time, or more rarely by a sudden pull on the earring. However, changes in the shape of the earlobes can also be the unfavourable result of a correction of protruding ears or a face lift. With age, the earlobe becomes relatively longer than the auricle and the face. The age-related increase in the length of the earlobe is 30 to 35 percent between the ages of 20 and 60. Other signs of aging are wrinkles and loss of volume. There are therefore also various possibilities for correcting the earlobes, which can be used as a supplement. The selection of the appropriate procedure depends on the individual anatomical conditions. As a rule, these procedures can be performed under local anaesthesia.
What earlobe correction techniques do we offer?
Correction of ear holes:
Ear hole closure by removing the ear hole is suitable for relatively small holes in the earlobes and split earlobes that are limited to the middle region of the earlobe.
A displacement of tissue (flap plasty) preserves the contours of the ear rim and leaves a particularly inconspicuous scar. This technique is particularly suitable for medium sized holes in the earlobes that are associated with a moderate change in earlobe shape and a moderate loss of tissue.
The removal of excess stretched tissue in conjunction with tissue displacement (flap plastic surgery) serves to restore the earlobes in the case of very widened holes in the earlobes.
The following earlobe operations are offered at CenterPlast Saarbrücken:
- Removing drill holes
- Closure of the ear tunnel
- Correction of torn earlobes
- Earlobe correction
- Earlobe reduction
- Earlobe lifter
- Earlobe Injection
- Correction of the bipartite earlobes
- Earlobe application
- Closing a very large hole in the ear
- Lobule sculpture
The VY tissue displacement is suitable for the restoration of the earlobes:
- a distortion of the shape of the earlobes after a facelift.
A rear earlobe lift is suitable for correction:
- protruding earlobes.
The injection of the earlobes is used for correction:
- thin earlobe.
- Deep or superficial folds of the earlobes.
An injection can be performed with nanofat or hyaluronic acid. The effect of hyaluronic acid lasts about six to nine months. The nanofat treatment leads to a permanent result.
How can you prepare for treatment?
- All your questions about possible complications and alternative treatments should be answered before surgery.
- Keep nicotine and alcohol consumption to a minimum.
- Blood-thinning medication (e.g. ASS, Thomapyrin®) must be discontinued at least ten days before the operation after consultation with your doctor.
- Vitamin preparations (A, E) and food supplements (omega-3 fatty acids, St. John’s wort preparations, etc.) must be stopped at least four weeks before the operation.
- At home, prepare ice cubes or cooling pads to cool the skin after the treatment.
- Before performing aesthetic procedures, you should take out follow-up insurance.
What do you need to consider after earlobe surgery?
- An elevated upper body position of about 30 degrees and a cooling period of two to three days is beneficial for decongestation and wound healing.
- During the first three weeks, the lateral position should be avoided at night.
- Showering is possible immediately before the wound control from the first postoperative day.
- This is followed by regular checks of your well-being and the results of the operation.
- The skin threads are removed about five to six days after the operation.
- From the third postoperative week onwards, several daily massages for a few minutes in a circle as well as lengthwise and crosswise to the course of the scar with oily creams (e.g. Bepanthen® ointment or Linola® fat) help to inconspicuous scars.
- Bending down, lifting heavy loads, swimming, saunas and sporting activities should be avoided for three weeks, possibly longer if swelling still exists.
- Excessive UV radiation (solarium/sunbathing) should be avoided for at least three months.
Author: Stéphane Stahl, MD, PhD. There are no financial relationships with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries that could have influenced the above text. Any reproduction, even partial, is permitted for personal use only. All texts used on this website are protected by copyright.