Have your earlobes been stretched, torn, or injured due to earrings, gauges, or another injury? If so, you don’t necessarily have to live with unsightly earlobes for the rest of your life. If your earlobes have been deformed by gauges, heavy earrings, or another injury, they may be repaired through plastic surgery.
Gauging is one of the biggest reasons for earlobe surgery. These days, “gauging” has grown in popularity among men and women alike. Gauging is when a person wears “gauges” or “plugs” in their earlobes, which end up increasing the size of the person’s earlobe hole until it’s half an inch in diameter, sometimes bigger.
Often, people change their mind and eventually decide they wish they never took part in this fashion trend, or when they reach their 40s and everything begins to sag, they decide they want their ears back to normal.
There is a Solution
Gauges or plugs aren’t the only issue with earlobes. We’ll often see patients whose ears were stretched by heavy earrings or torn when the hanging earing got caught in their hair. If your earlobe is ripped, stretched, or torn, there are procedures that can repair deformed or disfigured earlobes, and they can even help people wear jewelry again.
If your earlobe is stretched or torn, you may want to consider earlobe surgery. With this plastic surgery procedure, small pieces of skin are removed and then the edges are carefully and precisely repaired by sewing them back together with the goal of restoring the shape and contour as best as possible.
The benefits of the procedure include:
- It can be performed in under one hour
- The pain and discomfort are minimal
- Healing takes about one week
- Involves minimal scarring
- In approximately 6-8 weeks, the earlobe can be repierced