The stretching of earlobes is a centuries old tradition that is still practiced today in which one gradually stretches a pierced lobe out gauge by gauge. Over time this stretching thins and distorts the tissue of the earlobe so that when the gauges are taken out, the deformed shape remains. Most people who make the decision to have their gauged earlobes repaired have come to a time in their life when perhaps having gauged earlobes are preventing them from achieving the jobs and careers they desire.
A lot of the potential for repair in a gauged earlobe repair depends on how far stretched out the earlobes are and how long they have been stretched. If you are interested in repairing your gauged earlobes, the first thing you will need to do is take the gauges out to see how much repair the ears do on their own. This natural healing process should be given about 12 weeks, at which time Dr. Sundin can more adequately asses the extent of the damage and form a plan for repair. No two repairs are identical. The procedure varies from patient to patient depending on the circumstances of the stretch and the repair will be designed to meet each individual patients needs.
Gauged Earlobe Repair is generally done in office with a local anesthetic. Patients can resume normal activities within hours and the sutures are removed in 7 to 10 days time. If you are interested in learning more about repairing gauged earlobes, contact our office to schedule a consultation today.