How to Repair Gauged Ear Lobes

November 14, 2016

Ear Gauge

Trends often go out of style. If you get a new tattoo or a piercing because in the moment you love it, chances are, you aren’t thinking about how you'll feel about your added artwork in the long run. But what happens when five years pass and we decide its outdated or not what we want? Well, in the case of ear gauging, a popular trend that involves stretching an ear piercing to accommodate a large plug, Suffolk Plastic Surgeons specializes in a repair process that can return your ear lobe to its normal size and shape.

This procedure is quite simple, and can be done under local anesthetic. The area is numbed and the excess skin, which has been stretched out by the plug, is removed and the ear lobe is reshaped to closely resemble what the ear looked like prior to the plug. We do often suggest that you take out the gauges first and allow for the ear to shrink naturally as much as possible.

As with any procedures, you will want to be sure that you keep the surgical area clean so that the scar does not get infected. The most important thing to realize about this surgery is that it is reversing something you did willingly, therefore it is imperative that you not re-stretch the earlobe as this could have serious implications for the ear as a whole. If you are unsure as to whether or not this cosmetic repair surgery is right for you, give us a call today to schedule a consultation and hear about your options!

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