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Split Earlobe Correction

Mr Banwell, Consultant Cosmetic Surgeon is a specialist in repair of split ear lobes in Sussex, Kent, Surrey and London.

Torn, Ripped Or Split Earlobes

The earlobes are appendages of the ears made of soft skin and a small amount of fatty tissue. When studying the earlobe appearance 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 jewelry. Often, the earlobes are pierced to fit various forms of ear ornaments ranging from little studs to larger and heavier items.

Earlobe Slit (Enlarged Piercing Hole)

An incomplete tear in the earlobe usually starts at the original piercing site and continues downward for some degree. The result is an earlobe hole too large to hold ear studs. Closure of the enlarged slit-like hole can be performed in the outpatients department as mentioned above (under a local anaesthetic). A new piercing usually has to be performed but has to wait for approximately 6 months.

Earlobe Reduction

Earlobes may be large from birth but commonly get bigger with age. A large earlobe may require substantial ear jewelry for appropriate balance; small studs may appear “lost” within the space of a fleshy earlobe. Large earlobes can be sagging and hang down too far which may benefit from a decrease of the hanging curvature. In other instances, the earlobe is rather fleshy and elongated requiring a decrease of the overall length. An earlobe reduction is performed in the office under local anaesthesia with the option of a sedative.

Earlobe Reconstruction (Ear Lobe Repair)

A variety of problems may require reconstructive surgery of the earlobes. Earlobe abnormalities may result from hereditary abnormalities, traumatic events, surgical procedures (i.e., for skin cancer treatment) or stretched earlobe changes due to body art (spacers). 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 procedures.

Mr Banwell performs many earlobe reconstructions every year following the use of spacers or similar tribal stretching techniques. The surgery can be quite delicate but it is usually performed under a local anaesthetic. For further information please do contact the office on 01342 330302.

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Excessive weight or trauma can easily overcome the strength of the earlobe tissues leading to a tear in the gentle earlobe tissues. This split may be unattractive and renders the earlobe unusable for most jewelry. Sometimes, clip-on earrings can still be fitted and are used to camouflage the earlobe tear.

We have seen creative patients using transparent tape to temporarily repair their torn lobe. Although a resourceful idea, skin reaction may develop making this habit obsolete in the long run.

Most torn earlobes can be effectively and safely corrected using delicate surgical repair techniques. The procedure is routinely performed in the outpatient department under local anaesthesia with an optional sedative. After planning and marking, a small amount of local anaesthetic agent (lignocaine) numbing solution is deposited. The procedure itself is performed without any discomfort. In order to rebuild the earlobe, the healed and scarred aspects of the tear require removal. Repair is then performed in a straight line or in a zigzag. The most appropriate technique will be discussed with the patient and depend on the specific location of injury and anatomy of the earlobe. Fine suture threads are used which support the repair and minimise scarring. Mr Banwell tends to use brown micropore tape to cover the wounds until the sutures are removed at 1 week. The healed earlobe has usually a barely visible pencil-fine scar line without aesthetic limitations.

Yes, but Mr Banwell asks his patients to wait for a minimum of 6 months before a stud can be placed. Now it is important to prevent recurrent earlobe damage. Therefore, be careful with larger ear jewelry and loops around children. Small studs are relatively safe, heavy ear rings should be avoided at all cost.

After deciding to go down the surgery route I contact Mr Banwell’s team and was dealt with quickly and efficiently but most of all everyone was so friendly and helpful which put me at ease. The care from start to finish and still on-going was 110% and everyone who I dealt with was fantastic. Mr Banwell was always professional and friendly and put me at ease from the very beginning. I am so pleased with my results and putting myself in Mr Banwell’s care was the best thing I could have done. It has completely changed my life and I can’t thank you all enough. I have already recommended you to my aunty! Thanks again.


Ruth G.

I have been treated by Mr Banwell for excision of a nasal Squamous Cell Carcinoma and approximately 20 forehead solar keratoses by Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). During this period I have received outstanding care and attention. He and his team are very friendly and efficient. His surgical skills are exceptional.

I am totally content with the outcome of the surgery and treatment of my conditions and would wholly recommend him and his team to others. In fact, I already have!


John H.

Care given prior to, during and after my operation has been extremely thorough. With specialist available to speak to at my own convenience, all aspects of the operation were readily explored and advice was tailored to fit my individual expectations. A particular benefit of Mr Banwell’s surgery was the flexibility in timing with both appointments as well as the actual operation date. Although the decision to undergo surgery was a difficult choice, Mr Banwell proved honest and realistic about expectations and the final outcome was exactly what I had requested. Although it is a decision not to be taken lightly, I would recommend Mr Banwell to any woman in the correct mind set.


Zoe L.

From the welcome I got on my first visit to post op consultations, the team were very friendly. Mr Banwell is undoubtedly the most professional and caring surgeon I could wish for. I have felt completely confident in his expertise, and am thrilled with the results. I would not hesitate – and indeed have – recommended him.


Helen F.

Mr Banwell explained to me exactly what he was going to do and made me feel at ease. The team were all friendly and made me feel very comfortable in the hospital. The scar on my forehead healed very quickly and I have full movement and feeling of my eyebrow. I would recommend Mr Banwell and his team because of the high standard of professional and personal care given to me.


Diane P.

Dear Mr Banwell I am writing to thank you, Kim and the rest of the lovely staff at the McIndoe. I was very nervous when I first met you, about having surgery but realised that it was a necessary evil. I need not have been worried, as from our initial consultation to surgery to full recovery, you have all been amazing.  You have changed my life – for the first time ever I have had some photos taken of me and my children. I stand taller and feel so much happier with life. I have even started my own business. I never realised that it would have had such a profound effect – and it didn’t hurt!! Thank you again.  I wish you and your team lots of health, luck and happiness.


Pamela C.

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