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.
Either nanofat or hyaluronic acid can be used for earlobe injections. While the effect of hyaluronic acid lasts approximately six to nine months, an autologous fat injection offers the advantage that the result is permanent.
How can you prepare for an earlobe correction?
This question is answered on the page on the most frequently asked questions about ear correction.
How can you prepare for treatment?
- Elevation of the upper body at an angle of about 30 degrees in combination with cooling of the treated areas for 2 to 3 days is very beneficial for wound healing and a decrease in swelling.
- Keep nicotine and alcohol consumption to a minimum.
- Showering is possible from the first postoperative day. At best, you can do this at home immediately before the wound check.
- After the operation, appointments are made for regular check-ups. These serve to check your well-being and to take a look at the results of the operation.
- At home, prepare ice cubes or cooling pads to cool the skin after the treatment.
- In order to promote the healing of the scars and to achieve inconspicuous scars in the long term, we recommend that you massage the scar(s) several times a day from the 3rd week after the operation. Use special greasing creams for this purpose (e.g. Bepanthen® ointment or Linola® fat). Each massage should be done for a few minutes in a circle, along as well as across the course of the scar.
- Bending over, lifting heavy loads, taking a sauna and any kind of sport should be taboo for three weeks. In some cases, it may be necessary to refrain from doing so for a longer period of time if swelling is still present.
- Solarium and sunbathing should be avoided for at least three months, as excessive UV exposure can damage the healing process.
“Our goal is to provide the best, most discreet and precise treatment based on our extensive expertise in plastic surgery. „
Dr. Adelana Santos Stahl is distinguished by a unique international perspective with a feminine view of plastic surgery. Her personalized and detailed approach is key to the beautiful and natural results she achieves. Having trained in Brazil, one of the largest and most well-known countries for aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, she understands her patients’ desire to look and feel their best.She completed her medical studies and her training as a specialist for plastic and aesthetic surgery in Brazil. In 2009, she also successfully passed the German equivalence examinations for the medical state examination. Two years later, in 2011 she received the German and in 2012 the EU specialist recognition (EBOPRAS) for plastic surgery.From 2009 to 2013, she deepened her knowledge of aesthetic and reconstructive facial surgery with world-renowned representatives of plastic surgery such as Professor Gubisch at the Marienhospital and Madame Firmin in Paris.A VDÄPC Fellowship (continuing fellowship for graduate students) in Switzerland, France and the USA has further enriched her professional experience.Dr. Santos Stahl is active in several prestigious professional societies. Besides the DGPRÄC and DGBT, she is also a member of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery – SBCP.She is also the author of several scientific articles and, together with her husband, is dedicated to research and clinical studies in the field of plastic surgery.