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Patient Info

23 years old
Dr. Inessa Fishman


This 23-year-old woman felt self-conscious about the too-long and stretched appearance of her gauged earlobes.  She had an earlobe reduction and gauging repair procedure performed by Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Inessa Fishman, carried out with the help of injected numbing medicine in the comfort of our clinic.  She is shown with a great result and excellent healing 2 months after repair.  Her scars will continue to soften and lose their extra pink color over the next 6+ months.

Earlobe repair most commonly addresses stretched or torn earlobe piercings.  Gauged earlobes can also be fixed with earlobe surgery.  The patient shown wanted to get rid of her gauges and also reduce the size and height of her earlobes, and so was treated with a customized earlobe gauging repair and earlobe reduction.  We approach every patient with their treatment goals and individual anatomy in mind, and custom-tailor each procedure to each person.

About Earlobe Repair Procedure

Stretched or torn earlobes commonly happen because of trauma, such as heavy earrings, children pulling on earrings, or gauging— the practice of placing increasingly larger studs into earlobe piercings as a part of body modification.  Trauma stretches the piercing to an overly large hole or a completely split earlobe, with the piercing reaching down to the bottom edge of the lobe. Earlobe repair for stretched or torn earlobes is a relatively simple and minor surgical procedure that is performed in our office with the help of local anesthesia (injection of numbing medicine) or as part of a more extensive facial and neck rejuvenation procedure, such as a facelift or neck lift. Piercings that are placed too low on the earlobe or are mismatched between the lobes may also require earlobe repair, with re-piercing for a better piercing position.  Our facial plastic surgeon Dr. Inessa Fishman commonly performs earlobe repair as a standalone procedure, or in combination with face and neck lift surgery.

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