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Ear gauges and stretched earlobes have been part of many cultures, including the ancient Egyptians, Buddhists, and African tribes. In recent years, however, ear gauges have become a very popular trend in America as a form of body modification. For patients in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex who have stretched their ears with gauges but now want to repair the size and appearance of their lobes, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Kasden performs ear gauge repair surgery. Understanding how many people change their mind or realize ear gauges don't fit their professional image, Dr. Kasden has a special interest in performing ear gauge repair surgery. For more information about ear gauge repair surgery, contact the plastic surgery practice of Scott E. Kasden, M.D. in Argyle, TX.
"Dr. Kasden is an outstanding surgeon. He helped me with my earlobe repair & reduction, which was my first experience in cosmetic surgery. I could not have asked for a better experience. Everything was explained thoroughly and he is meticulous in his work. I would highly recommend him, as he and his office staff our outstanding."
- J.C. / Google / Jan 07, 2021
Unlike a piercing that can be removed or a tattoo that can be covered, stretched earlobes from gauging cannot be hidden, and they do not heal on their own. If you have worn ear gauges and now have stretched earlobes, you may be a candidate for ear gauge repair surgery. Many patients need to get their earlobes repaired after gauging to improve their professional image or simply because they no longer like the look of stretched lobes. Several patients have also needed ear gauge repair surgery in order to fulfill military enlistment requirements.
Ear gauge repair surgery can usually be performed in Dr. Kasden's office as an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia. Once the ear lobe is cleaned and numbed, Dr. Kasden will carefully cut away the stretched sides and the lower portion of the lobe. Then, he will remove the long sides and reattach the lower portion to the ear lobe with stitches. Once the surgery is complete, your ear lobes will be cleaned and bandaged.
Following a short observation after your surgery, you will be allowed to go home to recover. Most patients are able to resume normal activities within a few days after their surgery. Dr. Kasden or a member of his team will discuss how to care for your ears after the procedure for optimal healing. You will need to schedule and attend follow-up appointments so Dr. Kasden can monitor the recovery of your ears.
How much does ear gauge repair surgery cost?
The cost of your ear gauge repair surgery will depend on your unique needs and goals. During your initial consultation, Dr. Kasden will assess the amount of stretching in your ear lobes and then create your surgical plan. After this, he will be able to better estimate your costs and discuss your payment options.
Is it possible for my ear lobes to improve naturally?
The process of stretching out your ears with gauges decreases the elasticity of the skin and tissue in your lobes. Depending on how long you wore them and how large your ear gauges were, your lobes will not heal naturally. Ear gauge repair surgery is often the only method to restore the appearance of your ear lobes.
Will I be able to wear normal earrings after gauge repair surgery?
After ear gauge repair surgery, you should give your lobes time to heal before getting your ears pierced or wearing clip-on earrings. Dr. Kasden will talk to you about how to help your ear lobes heal after surgery and how to maintain your results. To prevent further lobe stretching, you should avoid ever wearing heavy earrings for a long period of time.
Will I have a scar after ear gauge repair surgery?
Since ear gauge repair surgery involves stitches, there will be scarring. However, with proper scar care after your procedure, the scar should fade quickly and blend into the surrounding skin. Most patients find the scar on their ear lobe is barely noticeable.
Will I need cartilage grafting or donor tissue?
The ear lobe is mostly made up of skin and fat so cartilage grafting and donor tissue are generally not needed during ear gauge repair surgery. While your ear lobes will typically be shorter than before you had ear gauges, since some of the skin is removed, they should still look normal.
You may have enjoyed the look of ear gauges, but if you need to restore your ear lobes for personal or professional reasons, schedule a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Kasden at his office in Argyle, TX. The plastic surgery practice of Scott E. Kasden, M.D. is pleased to offer ear gauge repair surgery to rejuvenate the appearance of your ears.