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Stretching of the earlobes has been performed for thousands of years as evidenced by statues of the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt manifesting these changes. There has been a recent resurgence in its popularity for both men and women. This has been facilitated by the relative ease and safety of obtaining the desired outcome as well as the greater acceptance of these body piercings.

Nevertheless, many individuals who have gauged their earlobes decide at some point in time for any of a number of reasons that this appearance is no longer desired or appropriate. Removal of the gauges will result in the shrinkage of the size of the stretched deformity over a period of several months but there will never be closure of the created defect. The ultimate appearance including the size of the persistent defect, quality of the skin, extent of residual stretching and drooping will be affected by a multitude of factors. Many times this residual deformity can attract just as much attention if not more as having large prominent gauges still in place.

Now what? Fortunately, plastic surgery can be performed on the earlobe to reconstitute a more normal appearance. This reconstruction can be performed under local anesthesia in the office. It involves excising the skin along the margins of the opening and configuring a closure that will yield an acceptable earlobe shape. Discomfort from the procedure is usually fairly mild and often requires no pain medication. Sutures are left in for approximately one week.

If you have questions regarding the treatment for gauged earlobes or other earlobe or ear deformities, would like information on any other plastic surgery procedure that I perform or to schedule a consultation, please call my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

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