Surgeon-Led Specialist Clinic

Led by plastic surgeon Dr. Ayad Harb, we pride ourselves on the standard of care, quality and safety of our treatments.

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SRGN has three state of the art clinic locations in Central London, Bicester & Ascot.

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Earlobe Correction

What is Earlobe Correction?

Earlobes, often overlooked, play a pivotal role in the overall symmetry and beauty of the face. Their natural shape and placement can accentuate our features, and any alteration to them, either by choice or accident, can affect our overall appearance and self-esteem.

Over the years, various factors can contribute to the changing appearance of our earlobes. The popularity of earrings, especially heavy or dangling ones, can lead to a gradual stretching of the earlobe piercing. This elongation can sometimes result in completely split earlobes, a condition where the piercing hole enlarges to such an extent that it tears through the bottom of the earlobe. Furthermore, intentional ear stretching or gauging, a cultural or personal aesthetic choice for many, can also lead to significantly altered earlobe shapes. Traumatic incidents like getting an earring caught in clothing or accidental pulls can cause sudden tears. Even the process of aging can lead to elongated and sagging earlobes, differing from the youthful and plump earlobes one might remember.

Earlobe correction, technically referred to as lobuloplasty, steps in as a beacon of hope for those looking to rejuvenate or correct the appearance of their earlobes. This procedure is art combined with medical precision. It aims not just at repairing but also at creating an earlobe shape that harmonizes with the individual's facial features.

The procedure begins with a careful assessment of the ear's current condition. Every ear is unique, and the specific technique applied would depend on the type of correction needed. An earlobe that has been gauged would require a different approach than one that has a simple split. After the evaluation, under the comfort of local anesthesia, the surgeon would make meticulous incisions to remove any scar tissue that might have formed. Following this, with an artist's precision, the surgeon sutures the earlobe, restoring its natural shape and contour.

One might wonder, why choose a surgical procedure for such a small part of the body? The answer lies in the intricate balance of our facial features. Our ears, and specifically the earlobes, frame our face. A misshapen or damaged earlobe can throw off this balance, drawing undue attention. Correcting such anomalies can reinstate facial harmony, making other features like the eyes, nose, and mouth stand out in their unique ways.

Lobuloplasty is not merely about aesthetics; it’s about regaining a sense of normalcy for many. Individuals might feel self-conscious wearing their hair up or avoiding earrings altogether due to the state of their earlobes. This procedure provides them the liberty to style as they please, without the constant nag of self-awareness.

Furthermore, the procedure isn’t as daunting as one might initially perceive. It's outpatient, meaning you can head home the same day. The use of local anesthesia ensures that the patient remains comfortable throughout, feeling no more than a slight tug or pressure. Post-procedure, there might be some swelling or redness, but these subside relatively quickly, leaving behind earlobes that align with one's desired aesthetic.

In the realm of cosmetic procedures, earlobe correction or lobuloplasty stands out as a testament to the advancements in aesthetic medicine. It addresses the nuanced needs of individuals, ensuring that even the smallest part of our body, like the earlobe, receives the attention and care it deserves. At SRGN, we believe in holistic beauty, where every feature plays its part, and our commitment to procedures like earlobe correction reinforces this belief.

At a glance

Treatment Time

30-60 minutes



Hospital Stay

Not required

Full Recovery

1 week

Time off work

Typically, 1-2 days (depending on job nature)


24 hours post-procedure


1 week


Immediate (unless sedative medications were used)

Benefits of the treatment

The pursuit of holistic beauty often leads us to address even the most subtle aspects of our appearance. In this journey, the benefits of earlobe correction, while understated, are profoundly impactful.

Earlobe correction, at its core, offers a restoration of physical symmetry. The earlobes might be minor elements in the grand scheme of our facial structure, but their prominence cannot be ignored. Whether it's through the choice of earrings we wear or the way our hair frames our face, well-shaped earlobes can subtly enhance our overall appearance. By repairing distortions and rejuvenating their shape, this procedure not only restores the ear's natural silhouette but also brings a harmonious balance to our features.

Beyond the evident physical enhancements, the psychological and emotional benefits are significant. A misshapen or damaged earlobe, for some, can be a constant source of self-consciousness. It can dictate the hairstyles one opts for or even influence daily accessory choices. The constant need to hide or cover up can take a toll on one's self-esteem. Following the procedure, many patients express a renewed sense of confidence. The freedom to wear hair in any style, or the simple joy of donning a pair of cherished earrings without hesitation, can profoundly affect one's self-perception and daily interactions.

Furthermore, earlobe correction can serve as a bridge to revisit past aesthetic choices without regret. For those who have previously opted for ear stretching or gauging and wish to revert, this procedure offers a second chance. It's a nod to the evolving nature of personal aesthetics, understanding that choices made at one stage of life might not resonate at another. By providing an avenue for reversal, earlobe correction respects and caters to this evolution.

On a more practical note, the procedure reduces physical discomfort. Damaged or scarred earlobes can sometimes lead to irritation, especially when in contact with certain metals or fabrics. By smoothing out these scars and repairing any tears, the procedure can eliminate sources of potential discomfort or sensitivity.

The benefits of earlobe correction extend far beyond the immediate visual improvements. It is a comprehensive approach to beauty that acknowledges the intricate balance between physical appearance and emotional well-being. By offering a solution to both aesthetic and functional concerns, it stands as a testament to the transformative power of modern aesthetic procedures. At SRGN, our goal is to provide treatments that holistically enhance our patients' lives, and earlobe correction perfectly embodies this ethos.

How Long Does The Procedure Take, And Is It Painful?

Earlobe correction, known as lobuloplasty, is a delicate and refined procedure, often taking between 30-60 minutes. Its duration is dependent on the intricacies of each case, with some needing more detailed attention than others. Patients' apprehensions about pain are quite common. However, with advancements in medical technology, pain management has become incredibly effective. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia. This means that the specific area being treated – the earlobe in this case – is numbed, ensuring you feel no sharp pain. Instead, you might experience a sensation of pressure or tugging. Many patients have likened it to the mild discomfort of having a dental procedure under local anesthesia. At SRGN, we prioritize patient comfort, ensuring that even post-procedure, any discomfort is adequately managed, making the entire experience seamless and as pain-free as possible.

When Can I Re-Pierce My Ears After The Correction?

The excitement of flaunting earrings post-procedure is quite palpable among many. However, patience here is crucial. Typically, it is advised to wait at least 6 weeks before re-piercing. This period allows the earlobe to heal thoroughly. The tissue needs ample time to recover and regain its strength to support earrings again. Premature piercing might jeopardize the healing process and even lead to complications. When you decide to re-pierce, it's crucial to ensure that the new hole isn't placed exactly at the site of the old one, especially if that area had been weakened or split previously. Consulting with your SRGN specialist during this process can provide valuable guidance.

Are There Any Visible Scars After The Procedure?

Scarring is a natural aspect of the body's healing process. In the case of earlobe correction, the incisions are strategically placed in areas that minimize their visibility. Over time, with proper care, these scars generally fade, blending with the natural creases of the earlobe. It's essential to understand that the body's healing response can vary from person to person. Some individuals might experience more pronounced scarring initially, but with recommended post-operative care and possibly the use of scar-minimizing ointments, these scars typically become inconspicuous. At SRGN, our aim is to provide results that appear as natural as possible, ensuring that any traces of the procedure are subtle.

Is The Procedure Permanent?

Yes, the results of earlobe correction are meant to be permanent. The primary goal is to rectify and restore the natural form of the earlobe. Once the tissue has healed post-procedure, it should maintain its shape. However, it's crucial to remember that the earlobe, like any other body part, is susceptible to external factors. Traumas, like accidental tugging, or choices like wearing excessively heavy earrings, can cause the earlobe to stretch or tear again. To maintain the results, it's essential to be gentle with your earlobes and avoid any potential risks.

Can Both Stretched And Split Earlobes Be Corrected In One Procedure?

Earlobe correction is a versatile procedure, capable of addressing various concerns. Both stretched and split earlobes can indeed be corrected simultaneously. The approach will be tailored based on the unique needs of each patient. For someone with a simple split, the procedure would focus on repairing that tear. In contrast, someone with extensive stretching might require a more comprehensive approach. In both scenarios, the objective remains the same: to restore the earlobe's natural shape and symmetry. Combining treatments ensures that the patient doesn't have to undergo multiple procedures, simplifying their journey to aesthetic satisfaction. Always consult with your SRGN specialist to understand the best approach for your specific needs.

About Our Clinic

Located in the heart of Ascot, Bicester, and London, the SRGN Clinic exemplifies afusion of cutting-edge science, unparalleled skill, and an unwavering commitment to patient care. The clinic stands as a beacon of excellence in thefield of aesthetic and plastic surgery.

Leading the team at SRGN is Dr. Ayad Harb, a renowned plastic surgeon and aesthetic trainer. His expertise, honed by years of experience and a genuine passion for improving lives, defines the very core of the clinic's ethos. Dr. Harb's innovative techniques, combined with an artistic eye for detail, enable him to deliver consistently exceptional results that are tailored to each patient's individual needs and desires.

At SRGN, we believe in the transformative power of aesthetic and plastic surgery. Our treatments, ranging from non-invasive procedures to complex surgical interventions, are designed to enhance and accentuate your natural beauty. We strive to provide a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment where you can discuss your aesthetic goals openly, and together we create a treatment plan that brings these goals to life.

Every member of the SRGN team shares a deep commitment to patient care. We prioritise your comfort, safety, and satisfaction from the moment you step into our clinic. Each of our facilities mirrors the luxury and tranquility of their surroundings, offering a serene space where you can embark on your journey to self-improvement.

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