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Case Study: Ear Keloid Removal With Skin Grafting

  Background:  Keloid scars are one of the most difficult scar problems. They are hard to stop growing and removing them is no guarantee that they will not return. Their high recurrence rate is well chronicled. One of the reasons keloids can recur is that they are incompletely excised. Leaving but just a miniscule amount Read More…

Case Study: Reconstruction of the Gauged Earlobe

  Background: The adornment of the earlobe goes to back to nearly the beginning of mankind. Besides being a very visible piece of anatomy right next to the face, it is also easy to manipulate because it is composed of just skin and fat without more firm cartilage like the rest of the ear. Besides Read More…

Reconstruction of the Double-Split Earlobe Deformity

  The earlobe is most commonly recognized for its ability to retain a variety of different ornaments. Whether it be a piercing or a clip-on ear ring, the relatively small earlobe usually holds up well to support the weight of jewelry. But the earlobe is a rather delicate structure and is the weakest component of Read More…

Case Study: Reconstruction of the Torn Gauged Earlobe

  Background:  Earlobe stretching (often incorrectly referred to as ear gauging) is the deliberate expansion of an initially healed piercing into a much larger through and through  hole. The purpose of earlobe stretching is for the ultimate purpose of wearing jewelry in the hole. Stretching is usually done in small amounts over time to avoid Read More…

Earlobe Reconstruction of the Gauged (Stretched) Earlobe

  Earlobe repairs are often quite simple and use standard techniques for slits and tear deformities. The gauged ear, however, is a different matter.  Gauges, also known as tunnels, cogs, caps or plugs, create a considerable tissue expansion of the earlobe and require a more sophisticated approach to repair. Younger men with gauged ears are Read More…

The Ease of Torn Earlobe Repairs

Torn or split earlobes are a very common female ear problem. (and increasingly so in men also) Almos always the cause is ear rings. Whether the weight of them with time causes a near split or having someone pull on one resulting in a laceration, a bifurcated earlobe is often the result. Many people walk Read More…

Plastic Surgery Repair of the Split or Torn Earlobe

  The wearing of ear jewelry has been done for thousands of years to enhance one’s appearance. Rings, posts, and other objects have been used for ear ornaments and they are as popular today as they have ever been in history. While various parts of the ear are pierced, the earlobe is the most universal Read More…

Plastic Surgery Repair of the Split or Pierced Earlobe

  The earlobes, often an after thought when thinking about the ear, is the only part of the ear that does not contain cartilage. As a result, it is much more delicate than the rest of the ear (which is supported by cartilage) and is prone to be easily torn and deformed. Ear rings, either Read More…

Repair of Torn or Split Earlobes under Local Anesthesia

  By far, the common ear problem that I see as a plastic surgeon is that of an earlobe problem. Whether it is damage to the earlobe from the wearing of heavy ear rings or an earlobe that has been torn due to being pulled through, the earlobe that is split in two or has Read More…

Reconstruction of the Stretched Earlobe (Gauged Ear)

  While the wearing of earrings for both women and men has a long history, the more recent phenomenon of stretching the earlobe with plug inserts is more recent. This current ear adornment statement is often referred to as gauging, although the more accurate term would be stretching. From a plastic surgery standpoint, this is Read More…

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