Ruptured Earlobe Reconstruction Surgery6th July 2012
Adrian Richards: Hello, my name is Adrian Richards. I’m a plastic surgeon and the Surgical Director of Aurora Clinics. In this video, I’m going to be showing you a repair of a dilated earlobe. We’re seeing more and more women and men with stretched earlobes who’ve decided to have them repaired because normally they’re having difficulties in the job market with interviews.
So, in this video, I’ll be taking you through each stage of the operation, and if you have got a stretched earlobe and would like any more information on it or to discuss possible correction, please contact us either via email or by phone.
So I’m here with Enis today, and Enis is going to have his earlobe repaired. So just explain to me how big you got the earlobes to?
Enis: That was 50 mm and that was about 22 before it snapped.
Adrian Richards: Can you show the camera? How long did it take you to get it that big?
Enis: About three and half years.
Adrian Richards: Yeah. And how do you feel about it now? Why are you having it corrected today?
Enis: Just to get a decent job to be honest. That’s about it.
Adrian Richards: Yeah. Are you finding it difficult to get jobs?
Enis: I can get work, but nothing decent as such. I’m a barman now. I’ve always been in security. But I can’t get rid of that.
Adrian Richards: You think it’s just purely because of that? Okay.
Adrian Richards: And how did you find out about what can be done?
Enis: You know, I think it was just research and friends.
Adrian Richards: Yeah.
Enis: They told me about the YouTube video that you’ve got, and I jumped onto that and I thought that it was a good idea.
Adrian Richards: Yeah. So you watched the video did you?
Adrian Richards: All right. So that’s good. You know what to expect.
Adrian Richards: So what we’re going to do, we’re going to numb up both sides and we’ll video the operation, if you want, so you can see each stage.
Did you stretch it and it suddenly gave way then?
Enis: No, it was kind of gradual, because it was really thin on the bottom, and then the edges started to get really scabby. There was no blood getting to them. And one morning the whole thing was basically just dark purple.
Adrian Richards: All right.
Enis: It took quite a while.
Adrian Richards: You came on your bike, did you?
Enis: No, because of the helmet and everything else.
Woman: Well, no, that’s it. It’s going to be a little while before you can put that on. You drive a car as well?
Enis: No, it’s just I find it so much more easier.
Woman: Oh, yeah. And quicker.
Adrian Richards: [inaudible 2:31]
Enis: I’ve got a GIS 500.
Adrian Richards: Is it worse than having your piercings do you think?
Enis: It’s different.
Adrian Richards: Yeah. Okay there?
Adrian Richards: Keep breathing. Great, that’s all the painful bit over with. So what we’re going to do is just take a V away from here and sew it up there. How are you feeling?
Enis: I’m good.
Adrian Richards: Talk us through what you’re feeling?
Enis: First thing on my mind?
Adrian Richards: Are you feeling any pain anywhere?
Enis: No, it’s just really numb.
Woman: I’m just going to cover your eyes up, Enis. You all right?
Enis: Yeah. I can feel [inaudible 3:18] at the same time.
Adrian Richards: Can you feel anything now?
Enis: No. I can definitely hear it though.
Adrian Richards: What can you hear?
Woman: You can hear crunching.
Woman: Yeah. It’s quite bizarre actually.
Woman: The ears become hypersensitive when you can’t see anything.
Adrian Richards: But what can you feel? What does it feel like?
Enis: Just the tugging where you’re pulling on my ear. Other than that, no cutting or anything.
Adrian Richards: So if you didn’t know, what would you think I was doing to your ear now?
Enis: Um, I don’t know. I really couldn’t tell you, because I can definitely hear the crunching, but I don’t know what that would be other than cutting.
Adrian Richards: So this is just . . . what can you feel now?
Enis: It just feels slightly warm. [inaudible 4:11]
Adrian Richards: Okay. That’s good.
Woman: All right.
Enis: It’s like I’d go to the pub or something with my mum, [inaudible 4:24] what’s your girlfriend having?
Woman: Oh, your girlfriend, that’s right, does not look at all like she could be your mother.
Enis: She likes that. She likes being call your girlfriend. You should see her face when anyone says that.
Adrian Richards: Really?
Adrian Richards: What? You’re not very impressed.
Enis: No. It kind of makes me feel old.
Woman: Was she young when she had you?
Enis: I think. Something like that.
Adrian Richards: Hmm.
Enis: But it’s just a shame, I’m not going to do that.
Adrian Richards: So what stopped you? Because of the job?
Enis: That’s all it is, honestly, because, obviously, I’m 21 now. Time to grow up. My birthday’s coming up in June, so let’s turn over a new leaf and let’s just start doing what I’ve got to do basically. I mean, if I could get a decent job with them, then I wouldn’t have hesitated.
Adrian Richards: You would have kept them.
Enis: Yeah, I would have. So I’m studying the mechanics of bikes as well, but jobs aren’t in the greatest supply right now.
Adrian Richards: Do you look after your own bike?
Enis: Yeah, I’ve never taken it to a shop at all. I do it myself. Yeah, so many people want to be a mechanic, but there aren’t enough jobs out there. That’s why I’m not going to go career-wise towards that anymore. I’m kind of stuck for what I want to do long term again.
Adrian Richards: Yeah. So you saying the mouth is a bit more difficult to stretch there?
Enis: Yeah. I thought maybe it’s just because there’s so much more skin there. It’s a lot thicker.
Adrian Richards: Yeah.
Enis: But it really is painful. I’d rather do my ears 10 times over.
Adrian Richards: Does it hurt when your ears are stretching?
Enis: Only the first 12 to 14 mm. After that it’s just really easy. I mean, I didn’t actually stretch after 20 mm. It just happened on it’s own.
Adrian Richards: What happened?
Enis: You put a 20 mm plug in there, for example, and then give it a week and a half, two weeks. Then I just pull on it a little bit, and I could actually see a gap above the earring in between my ear.
Woman: It starts out this completely normal, no tattoos, and it shows it being wiped off.
Enis: Yeah. Such a difference isn’t it?
Woman: Fascinating because you watch all this makeup being wiped off, and the tattoo appearing.
Enis: It’s amazing.
Adrian Richards: So what we’re going to do, so it’s all done now, pretty much.
Adrian Richards: So let’s have a look at this. So, Aggie has brought it over. So this is the bit we’ve removed. This one rotated right there.
Woman: You just turn those lights off and I’ll just take this off here.
Adrian Richards: And I think it was sort of dangling like that, and I’ve taken it off, obviously in the part.
Adrian Richards: Okay. Do you want to see the bit that I removed?
Enis: Oh, wow.
Adrian Richards: Was it a lot?
Enis: I need to get a picture of that.
Adrian Richards: You want to take a picture of that? We can take a picture of that.
Enis: I need to.
Adrian Richards: All right.
Enis: That’s brilliant.
Adrian Richards: Thank you for watching the video. Really appreciate you taking the time to do so. And a big thank you to the patient for allowing us to show their video. If you would like to contact us about this or any other procedure, please do so, again, by phoning us 0184 421 4362 or emailing us at email@example.com