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Self-expression comes in many forms, and the fashion and makeup industry certainly reflect that. However, some people prefer other, more permanent forms of expression, which include piercings, tattoos, and in recent years, ear gauging. If you’ve gauged your ears, but you’re not sure you want to keep them the way they are for your entire life, it’s time to consider surgical repair.
Ear gauges are used to “stretch” a typical piercing for an earring to a variety of sizes. Some ear gauges are quite small – about a few millimeters across – but others can be an inch or more in diameter. Often, people use ear gauges as a means of self-expression, but later decide to revert their earlobes back to their normal size. Unfortunately, in some cases, this is impossible. The stretching required to fit the gauges essentially destroys the tissues inside the earlobe, which heal around the gauges themselves and make it virtually impossible for the lobe to go back to normal.
More and more often, plastic surgeons across the country are seeing patients who are interested in repairing their stretched, gauged earlobes. Some of the reasons these patients have include:
Plastic surgeons refer to the appearance of the ear following the removal of gauges a “dilated earlobe”, and the surgery used to repair this appearance is often referred to as “dilated earlobe repair”. It’s a relatively simple procedure that a trained facial plastic surgeon can do in-office with only local anesthetic in a matter of minutes. The recovery time is very short – usually only a few days at most – and patients can return to their normal activities relatively quickly. Patients should keep in mind that surgeons will work hard to restore as much normalcy to the lobe as possible, but depending on the size of the dilation, the ear may not look exactly like it did before the gauges, even in the most capable hands.
Ear gauges are still quite the statement, and there are people around the world who continue to do it to express themselves. While ears that have been only slightly dilated may repair themselves on their own with time, the only way to repair a significant dilation is with a quick surgical procedure.
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