Times change and as we mature we can often regret piercings, you don’t have to live with it or give up on that dream job as piercing repairs are an option.
Piercing hole repairs. Or removal, whether they are in the nose, lip, eyebrow, earlobe, belly button (umbilical) or anywhere else on the body, are performed when the hole has become stretched or torn or simply when the piercing is no longer wanted and the jewellery item has been removed.
The cause may be accidental or may be related to wearing excessively heavy jewellery or may simply be related to a change of mind. Cosmetic improvement of these obvious piercing scars and holes is now available.
We offer surgical excision of the piercing hole to completely remove the and close up the holes.
At your detail consultation, the piercing holes will be carefully examined by our Specialist doctors who will advise and explain the best method of removal, after care instruction and risks.
Prior to the treatment : Local anaesthetic will be administered
Elliptical excision – a deep excision that removes the piercing hole more completely. The resulting wound requires stitches which can be either dissolvable or non-dissolvable depending on the site of removal. The treatment takes about 20-30 minutes.
Depending on the location of the piercing, suitable and specific surgical technique may be used for example L-plasty and Y-plasty technique fir closing holes at earlobes. The doctor will advise the suitable method at the consultation.
You can resume normal activities straight away in most cases and a dressing is applied to keep the wound clean for a few days. Antibiotic cream will be prescribed to apply at the wounds until the wound heals or stiches are removed. Specific post treatment instructions will be discussed with you during your visit by our Clinic Coordinator. If stitches are applied, you will be scheduled to come back for stitch removal in 1-2 weeks
Apart from the local anaesthetic injection which you may feel a little prick and sting at the beginning of the treatment for a second to numb the area, you should not feel any discomfort at all afterwards. However, when the treatment finishes and anaesthetic effect wears off, slight discomfort may be experienced. Normally patients are not required to take any pain killers
With any cosmetic surgery procedure however there are potential side-effects such as infection, bleeding and scarring. Fortunately, with mole removal, the risks are very low and it is a safe and simple procedure
The removal procedure will leave a small scar which is normally far less noticeable than the hole over the time. We use the latest techniques to ensure any scarring is minimal. Rarely, some people with very dark or light skin have an abnormal response to healing and end up with larger scars than usual (hypertrophic or keloid scars).
Scarring is inevitable for all forms of piercing removal however the skill of the dermatologist is to limit this to a minimal degree that is almost not noticeable. The removal technique is one important factor to help achieve the best results but also daily massaging with a moisturiser over the scarred area can help in the first 3 months. Also some patients get better results with bio-oil or silicon gels such as dermatix or kelocote that can be bought from the chemist again applied for the first 3 months. These silicon scar reduction gels can also come in plaster like dressings rather than gels that can be easier for areas where gels are not suitable
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