“The past is in the past” until it’s not. If you hopped on the ear gauging trend and had your ears gauged to a size that you can practically fit plates into (or just a pen cap) but want your normal earlobes back, you may be at a loss for what you can do to repair them. Even though your skin is an incredible organ that can repair itself over time, if your earlobes were stretched to substantial limits, not even time can heal those wounds. Luckily, Dr. Gary J. Price can help restore your earlobes, so they don’t look like they’ve been stretched to their limits.
Here at our office, Dr. Gary J. Price offers a variety of ear repair surgeries including otoplasty which is performed to correct ears that protrude too far from the head. Additionally, he performs earlobe repair surgery to help restore earlobes that have been stretched, torn, or ripped.
Your earlobes are made solely of fat and skin making them an easy part of the body to work with. Without bones or cartilage, Dr. Price can typically perform this restorative surgery in about an average of 30 minutes. During this surgery, the skin lining the tear will typically be removed, and then the hole where your gauges were will be stitched up.
During recovery, your earlobes will be a bit tender to the touch. We recommend that you avoid any contact sports or activities that could harm your ears. To help ease any pain or swelling, try taking an over the counter (OTC) pain reliever. Our office will send you home with instructions regarding what OTC drugs you can take while recovering. Many patients wonder if they will be able to pierce their ears again after surgery. Depending on how big your gauges were and how well your ears have healed from this procedure will determine whether or not you’ll be able to have them pierced again.
If you didn’t properly gauge your love for gauged ears and wanted to have them fixed, schedule a consultation with our Guilford office today!