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Stretched Earlobe or Gauge Earlobe Repair

Do you want to reverse your stretched earlobes or gauged ears?

Fashion trends and choices made in your youth such as having ear-stretching can often be a decision you can come to regret.

Stretched earlobes also known as ‘gauging’ is piercing the ear, then enlarging the hole to allow for the wearing of body jewelry, such as plain flesh tunnels to UV colours, funky designs and natural materials.

Stretched earlobes or gauging date back to the Egyptian Pharaoh’s and Buddha and became popular in the main stream population in the 1990’s.

Rock star celebrities such as Adam Lambert from American Idol; Chester Bennington lead singer of the band Lincoln Park; Brandon Boyd singer of the band Incubus all adorn gauging jewelry.

The wearing of heavy earrings can also overtime cause the stretching of the piercing hole and become unsightly looking.

While this fashion trend may be something that you appreciated in your youth it may now be an embarrassment or something that may hinder your career, such as attending a job interview or applying for the armed services.

In recent times, new trends in creative body piercing have led to an increasing number of people seeking to reverse the gauging of their ears. Many people who stretch their earlobes intentionally through gauging or unintentionally due to wearing heavy jewelry eventually decide to have them repaired.

At Cosmetic Image Clinics we offer earlobe reconstruction, which is done by surgically revising some of the skin around the rim and hole of the enlargement and then reshaping the ear to reflect its original shape. We also offer a non-surgical method called the ‘Cross Technique’ for minor cases of stretched earlobe.

For more information watch this video – Ear lobe repair for stretched gauge earlobes:

You don’t have to live with stretched earlobes any longer, contact our clinical aesthetics team at Cosmetic Image Clinics within Aquarius Health and Medispa for advice on how we can help you with your cosmetic surgery query.

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More information on Stretched Earlobe or Gauge Earlobe Repair

Why choose Cosmetic Image Clinics for Stretched Earlobe or Gauging surgery?


At Cosmetic Image Clinics, we pride ourselves on delivering the highest levels of personal care while providing both surgical and non-surgical options for people seeking cosmetic rejuvenation and cosmetic plastic surgery.

Our selected team of doctors, plastic and cosmetic surgeons, clinical nurses and administrative team, have a wealth of experience caring for men and women undergoing cosmetic treatments.

By selecting our multi-award winning Cosmetic Image Clinics in Aquarius Health and Medispa, you can be assured that your comfort and satisfaction is our highest priority.

Your consultation will be conducted in the strictest of confidence and you will receive professional care and expert advice from our highly trained team.

Are there other causes for Earlobe Stretching?


Yes, stretching of your ear lobes can also occur from wearing heavy earring jewellery over time which can also permanently disfigure your ear lobes.

Some spontaneous closure can occur overtime however, if the tissues have been stretched too far, a significant irregularity will remain. How much of a residual problem will depend on your age; how long the ear has been stretched; and how much stretching the tissue has been through.

Once gauge earlobe piercings are removed, the earlobe does not usually resume its natural contour or shape

What is Stretched Earlobe or Gauge Earlobe Repair?


Stretched earlobes or ear gauging is the gradual stretching of a hole in the ear lobe, using progressively larger and larger “gauges” over a period of time.

What treatments are available for Stretched Earlobes or Gauged Earlobes at Cosmetic Image Clinics?


At Cosmetic Image Clinics we offer earlobe reconstruction, which is done by surgically revising some of the skin around the rim and hole of the enlargement and then reshaping the ear to reflect its original shape.

This surgical option involves cutting away a small section of skin and suturing the hole closed.

The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes per earlobe. Only a few stitches are required and these stay in for about a week. Scarring is generally minimal and gradually fades over a period of a few weeks.

In some very minor cases, a non-surgical option called the ‘Cross Technique’ uses a strong chemical acid which can ‘glue’ the tissue together to help re-heal the hole and stimulate new collagen growth. However this is usually only available for earlobes which have been stretched gradually overtime by wearing heavy earrings.

Click here to read more about Piercing Repair and the non-surgical ‘Cross Technique’ method.