Although it’s not traditionally a part of plastic surgery, gauged ears are definitely an alteration of your normal physical body. Stretching out your body is often seen as beautiful and cool. However, there might come a time when you’re not too fond of those huge holes in your ear lobes. Whether you’re trying to look professional or it’s a personal preference, here are some ways you can close up your gauges.
Try Without Surgery First
If you stretched your lobes properly, the hole should mostly close up on its own. Gradually decrease the size of the gauge you wear. Go down one size, and wait until the size shrinks up around that smaller gauge. Once it fits properly, go down another size until you reach the smallest gauge. Once you reach this point, your hole should be able to close on its own. This entire process usually takes at least 2 months.
You can also help your ears along the road to healing by cleaning and massaging them with oils and moisturizers. Vitamin E oil especially works well, as it helps your ears heal and get rid of scar tissue. Hemorrhoid cream also works well to eliminate scar tissue and other effects of stretching.
Talk to Your Plastic Surgeon
If you are older or stretched your ears beyond a 12 mm gauge, the skin on your ears might be too stretched or damaged to do much to fix it on your own. In this case, you will need to talk to a plastic surgeon about earlobe repair.
The surgery is very fast. It only takes a few minutes per side, but you will be paying out the nose for those few minutes. While the repair might only take 10 minutes per side, you will be paying about $30-40 a minute! And that is actually just the cheap end. If you want a more quality, natural-looking, and aesthetically-pleasing result, you will be paying more like $1000 per ear. Of course, specific lengths and prices depend on your surgeon, where you live, and how large you stretched your ears.