Aftercare

You can return to work or any other non-strenuous activity immediately after the procedure.

Local anaesthesia wears off after a few hours. However most patients do not need pain medication after ear lobe repair.

The wound should be kept dry for 24 hours after the procedure. After that, the wound can be washed with soap and water. A thin layer of antibiotic ointment is the only dressing in most cases.

The wound edges are held together by several very fine non-absorbable stitches which are usually removed between 5-7 days by your surgeon. The repair will leave a hardly visible, flat scar.

The vast majority of our patients are happy with the results and would recommend us to their family and friends.

When can I wear earrings after surgery?

We would recommend you should hold off wearing earrings for at least six weeks after surgery. Heavier ear jewellery should be avoided for at least 3 months after ear lobe surgery.

Are there any risks?

Patients should be cautioned about the risks of post-operative bleeding, infection and an unpleasing cosmetic result. However our experienced surgeons will make sure that the risk of any potential complication will be minimised.

People with darker or black skin should also be warned about the possibility of hypertrophic or keloid scarring.

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