Women who have worn heavy earrings or large dowels that have stretched their earlobes for years often lament the damage. Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon, fellow plastic surgeon Dr. Ritu Chopra and Rob Lucas, P.A., perform an earlobe reconstruction in record time using 40 tiny stitches on one woman’s ear to restore the damage from a piercing with large wooden dowels.
Side Effects of Gauging
Bob, 33, started gauging, or stretching his ear lobes, approximately eight years ago. "I do remember thinking that by the time I had my ears bigger, the societal view of what's professional will have caught up, and that I would be able to go in and get any job that I wanted," Bob explains.
However, Bob says that he has been released from several positions because of his large lobes and now finds himself out of work and unable to provide for his family. "Nobody will hire me with these [gauges] in," he explains. "They will always pick someone with normal ears before they will pick me."
Watch Dr. Ordon perform an earlobe reconstruction surgery. Bob is thrilled with the results. "I'm completely ready to go out and get a job now!" he says.
Large, dramatic earrings may make a statement, but they can also take a toll on your earlobes. OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explains what happens to the delicate cartilage under the weight of heavy earrings.
Forty-five-year-old Kristin has accessorized with giant jewels for more than 25 years, leaving her earlobes droopy and shapeless. Plastic surgeons Dr. Ordon and Dr. Chopra rejuvenate Kristin's lobes with earlobe reduction surgery.
Nancy asks The Doctors if there's a way to rejuvenate her earlobes and make her look younger.
"Earlobes age just like other parts of our face," Dr. Ordon explains. "All those years of wearing heavy earrings, and the earlobes get a lot of sun, which actually forms wrinkles, too."
Dr. Ordon and Dr. Chopra inject Nancy's earlobes with Hydrelle, a hyaluronic acid filler. The results are plump and juicy lobes!