EARLOBE GAUGES ARE PIERCINGS THAT DELIBERATELY STRETCH THE LOBULE.
Gauges are typically upsized over time and this practice became popular in America some time ago. Stretching is usually done in small increments to minimize the potential for damaging the healed fistula.
As teenagers with gauges mature into adults it is common to desire removal of the piercings. After the gauge is removed the stretched lobule will tighten over several months. The earlobe will never completely heal and deformities of various degrees will persist. In some cases the earlobe deformity can be quite severe.
A common request from many of our young adult patients is earlobe repair after gauge removal. Dr. Kolstad prefers to leave the gauge out for a period of 6 to 8 weeks before planning earlobe reconstruction. The procedure takes 1-2 hours and is completed in the office.
If you would like more information about guage repair in San Diego, Dr. Kolstad at his La Jolla Plastic Surgery office. Give us a call at 858.859.2563 to schedule your appointment today.
We are conveniently located in La Jolla between the I5 and I805 freeways. We are dedicated to plastic surgery of the face and neck and enjoy serving men and women in La Jolla, Del Mar, San Diego, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Southern California.