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Ear gauge repair

Written by Dr Jill Tomlinson on .

magnifiedearEar gauging has become increasingly common in recent years - and with the rise in ear gauging there has been a rise in the number of people seeking surgery to restore the normal appearance of their ears once they remove the piercings.

How is the surgery done?

The procedure can be done under local anaesthetic, or under local anaesthetic with sedation, or under full general anaesthetic. Most people opt to have the procedure performed in our rooms under local anaesthetic. Incisions are placed to allow the contour of the earlobe to be restored to a smooth and natural appearance. The type of incision varies according to how large the hole in your earlobe is; often a complex zig-zag pattern is used to prevent a notch developing on the earlobe as the scar matures, and to reduce the likelihood of the earlobe tearing along a weak point if there is a traumatic injury to the lobe in the future.

What is the recovery period?

It is advisable to take it easy for 24-48 hours after surgery to reduce the amount of bruising and swelling that can result after any skin surgery. Most people find that their ears are not especially sore after the local anaesthetic wears off, although if you have both ears repaired simultaneously you may find that you experience discomfort at night when you accidentally lie on your earlobes. Taking simple pain medications and avoiding direct pressure on the earlobes are helpful ways to minimise your discomfort.

What can go wrong?

Any incision site can get infected, although this is uncommon. Initially your scars will be pink but as they heal they will fade. If you have a predisposition to forming troublesome scars then special attention to scar management will help you to minimise visible scarring. 

Where can I find out more information?

If you are interested in ear gauge repair please contact us to arrange an appointment to discuss the procedure. If you are interested in streamlining your treatment and obtaining a fee estimate prior to your initial consultation you may wish to consider our "See & Treat" service

To schedule an appointment to see Dr Tomlinson about ear gauge repair please phone (03) 9427 9596.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.
Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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