FB Pixel Skip to main content

An increasing number of people nowadays are seeking treatment for their gauged earlobes. The reasons for this are many including:

1. seeking a better, higher paying job where having gauged ears can be an impediment in a variety of ways
2. wanting to pursue higher education and to be taken more seriously
3. trying to join the military where holes in the ear larger than for small piercings are prohibited
4. “been there, done that” – and want to move on from the choices of “youth”
5. significant other is not happy with the look

No matter what the reason is for seeking plastic surgery to close one’s gauged earlobes, the procedure to do so can be a relatively easy one for you. That is, it can be performed under local anesthesia in an office with “immediate” results and virtually no downtime or discomfort.

Though the ultimate appearance of your earlobes is affected by several factors including your own unique anatomy, the maximal gauge size, the rapidity of obtaining maximal stretch, length of time the gauges were worn and how long they have not been worn, it is ultimately the skill and experience of the surgeon performing the procedure that will allow you to obtain the best possible results.

It is strongly recommended that you seek closure of your gauged earlobes from a reputable board certified plastic surgeon who has a lot of experience treating this issue and whose results (from photos or other patients) you find to be pleasing.

The photos below are representative results of plastic surgical repair of gauged earlobes which, in this patient of mine, were very stretched out. Though full maturation of the scar and results can take up to a year to occur (true for all types of surgery), even at two months postoperative here the scars are already becoming fairly inconspicuous.

A. Gauged left earlobe

A. Gauged left earlobe

B. Gauged left earlobe after repair

B. Gauged left earlobe after repair

C. Gauged right earlobe

C. Gauged right earlobe

D. Gauged right earlobe after repair

D. Gauged right earlobe after repair

If you would like to schedule a consultation for treating your gauged earlobes or for any other plastic surgery procedure that I perform, please call my office at 480-451-3000.

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

Request an Appointment

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.

For more information, please read our blog – Coronavirus and You: Important Information

For further updates, please check our blog.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by phone or email.