In the Philadelphia area, gauge earrings and piercings have become popular over the last several years—especially with the younger set. Increasingly, because this tends to be a fad of youth, people are outgrowing the trend and seeking to have the gauge earring defect surgically closed.
The Different Cosmetic Defects Caused By Gauge Earrings
Considering there are a wide variety of gauge earring sizes, the defects vary as well. Some holes from gauge earrings are relatively small while others are quite large. Many choose to increase the size overtime, thus increasing the size of the holes over a series of months or years.
Why These Defects Are An Issue
Putting size aside, the commonality in all gauge piercings is that there is a loss of soft tissue volume in the earlobe. Where there was once skin and soft tissue, there is now a gaping hole with the lobe often drooping as a result. When repairing a normal torn earlobe, the tissue isn’t missing—it just simply needs to be reconnected. For a gauge repair, the tissue actually has to be replaced, which is a much more complicated procedure.
This requires a skilled surgeon to repair the damage properly and fill in the tissue. If the surgeon were to just close the hole, it would leave a very abnormal and unnatural look to the earlobe. This is why actually filling in the hole is necessary. Dr. Corrado carefully prepares a repair plan ensuring a natural result, and shares it with you in your consultation prior to surgery.
How to Repair a Gauge Earring Defect
Repairing a gauge earring defect requires creating new layers of tissue. Dr. Corrado will replace three separate layers of soft tissue to correctly close the defect. The first layer is the skin covering the outer surface of the earlobe. The second layer of soft tissue is what gives the earlobe shape and form, and the third layer of skin covers the backside of the earlobe.
Dr. Corrado will seek to replace all three layers of tissue from nearby areas, which includes other areas of the external ear. This involves using a Flap Reconstruction technique which borrows tissue from normal areas of the ear lobe and rearranges them to reconstruct a normal ear lobe. This is essentially extracting tissue from one area and utilizing it in another in order to replace the soft tissue that’s been lost to the oversized earrings.
Is General Anesthesia Necessary for the Surgery?
No, local anesthesia is all that is required for the gauge repair. General anesthesia isn’t necessary, thus lowering the risk to the patient and reduces downtime and discomfort following surgery. The procedure should take about an hour and is performed in Dr. Corrado’s on site surgery suite.
Dr. Corrado is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon and serves patients from the greater Delaware Valley area such as, South Jersey, the Jersey Shore, Philadelphia, the Mainline, and Delaware County. He also offers care for out of town patients as well. Dr. Corrado offers the latest advances in the fields of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery. He provides his patients with the full spectrum of facial cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. His areas of special interest include laser skin resurfacing, facelift, mini facelift, blepharoplasty, and facial fat grafting. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Anthony Corrado by calling 1 (877) 481-FACE (3223).