There are patients who have purposefully engaged in ear stretching with wide gauges, and those whose heavy earrings created stretch over time by accident. Whether the earlobes were intentionally stretched or not, there are times and circumstances when stretched earlobes are no longer desired. There may be professional or personal reasons for seeking correction, and Dr. Donaldson can help you look natural once again.
The stretching process is usually gradual, and there is a point when your earlobes will not naturally retract. This point is different for everyone, and anyone who stretched quickly and skipped gauge sizes or had pulling or trauma to earrings will likely have damaged their earlobes even more significantly.
To repair stretched earlobes, Dr. Donaldson performs a simple in-office procedure under local anesthesia, which typically lasts under an hour. The procedure involves removing the stretched area of skin and then stitching the earlobe back together to create the natural contour of the ear. After several days, Dr. Donaldson will remove dressings from the earlobes, and healing is usually complete after several weeks.