Ear gauges (earrings intended to dilate the hole from an ear piercing) represent a common and popular trend in body piercing. While the ear gauges are in place, the desired look is obtained. However, upon removal of the gauge the ear has a less-than-aesthetic appearance and unfortunately commonly needs surgery to correct it if one does not plan on continuing use of the Ear Gauges.

What to expect from earlobe gauge repair surgery

The correction for the abnormality caused by dilation with ear gauges involves a minor surgical procedure that can normally be done under local anesthesia in the office setting. An incision is made along the inner ‘ring’ of the ear gauge and the remaining tissue is then brought together in a way to create as normal-appearing an ear as possible.

Following surgery, surgical tape will be applied to the ears to act as a dressing. The pain is relatively minimal and can usually be controlled with over the counter medication.

Dr. Correa’s philosophy on ear gauge surgery

“Ear Gauges are a popular trend and make a powerful aesthetic adornment. However, as with tattoos, commonly people change their minds and decide to change what was previously done. Ear Gauge surgery is extremely enjoyable because each patient is slightly different from the other and requires a unique solution – the very heart of plastic surgery is innovation!”

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Does ear gauge repair surgery carry any risks?

There are general risks of any surgery such as mild pain and the risk for infection. However, these are relatively uncommon occurrences and ear gauge surgery represents a relatively low-risk procedure.

When can I pierce my ears again after ear gauge repair surgery?

A minimum of 6 weeks must be waited prior to re-piercing your ears. When you re-pierce, it is important that the new piercing is not within the scar from the ear gauge surgery. It is also best to avoid large, heavy earrings.

Recovery from ear gauge surgery

You can expect mild pain for a few days after the procedure but prescription medicine is rarely needed. Most patients take Tylenol or Advil and do fine. You will follow up 1 week after the procedure to have your stitches removed. At 3 weeks, you will begin your scar therapy regimen to make the scars as inconspicuous as possible.