Around Seattle we are seeing more and more men and women who have chosen to gauge their ear lobes, and wear large inserts.
I have also been seeing an increasing number of patients who no longer wish to wear large piercings, and they choose to have these large skin defects closed surgically.
I am able to close these large ear lobe piercings in my office using local anesthesia. The reconstruction of a gauged ear lobe usually takes about 45 minutes.
Pain is minimal, and sutures are removed a week later.