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Gauging & Earlobe Repair

Expert repair of stretched and elongated earlobes

Gauging and Earlobe RepairThe widespread popularity of piercing ears has spawned a variety of piercing trends. From large, heavy earrings to “ear gauging” which are used to purposely widen ear lobes for plug and tunnel jewelry, the earlobes will become elongated and at times tear. Eventually, a person may want to repair their earlobes that have been stretched overtime. Many patients who consult with Dr. Donn R. Chatham at Chatham Facial Surgery centers in Louisville, Kentucky (KY) and New Albany, Indiana (IN) do not like the large earlobe holes and/or earlobe tears and want to have their earlobes repaired to their normal size.

In addition, as we age, sometimes the earlobes enlarge and become droopy, and wearing earrings is poorly supported. Earlobe reduction surgery can help improve this condition and is performed in the office under local anesthesia.

As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Donn Chatham can expertly repair and rejuvenate a person’s earlobe with minimal surgery. If you desire your earlobes to be resized and reshaped click here to learn how Dr. Chatham performs ear shaping (otoplasty) surgery.

How do the Earlobes Become Damaged & How Are They Repaired?

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Before Earlobe Repair
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A person’s earlobes are mostly made of skin and fatty tissue, with little to no cartilage. If a person puts strain on the earlobes from wearing heavy earrings, the earlobes can stretch and/or tear. In children, their earlobe may have a tear which can also be repaired.

In the case of ear gauging, men and women gradually stretch their earlobes ranging from a small circular diameter to much larger holes. Patients interested in gauging earlobe repair no longer find the holes desirable and wish to restore their earlobes.

Earlobe repair requires the precise removal of small areas of skin between torn or stretched earlobes and then sewing the earlobe sections together on the front and back of the earlobe. The earlobe repair is done in the office and typically is completed in less than one hour. The earlobes naturally heal in ten days and may be re-pierced.

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Donn R. Chatham, MDDr. Donn Chatham, Medical Director of Chatham Facial Surgery is a double board-certified surgeon. He is certified by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. He is an experienced and highly skilled aesthetic facial rejuvenation surgeon. His surgical skills combined with an artistic eye produce long lasting and natural-looking results for his thousands of satisfied patients. If you desire a surgical facial, non-surgical facial procedure, laser/light-source treatment, and a variety of medical skin care services in a caring and supportive environment, schedule your consultation at one of Dr. Chatham’s two facial centers of aesthetic excellence in Louisville, KY or Albany, IN. See maps.

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