Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses “flesh tunnel” reconstruction for patients with stretched earlobesCosmetic surgeons around the country are seeing an increase in the number of patients seeking reconstructive surgery to repair earlobes that have been stretched. In this blog, Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses this procedure and what kind of results patients can expect.

After the earlobe has been stretched to a certain point, it will never return to its original shape, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

This practice involves placing a cone-shaped taper or larger-size tunnels into a piercing every few weeks until the hole reaches the desired effect. Once the piercing hole stretches past 1.5 centimeters, however, the earlobe will never bounce back to its original shape.

This reconstructive procedure involves bringing the ear back to a more natural shape, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.

Many patients seek reconstructive surgery to achieve a more professional appearance but once the damage is done, it can be hard to repair.

“I have seen more and more of these in my practice and it is becoming quite a problem,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.

After reconstructive surgery, Dr. Schlessinger says the appearance of the ear is usually improved but far from perfect.

“The results aren’t ever all that great, sadly,” he says. “It is quite a difficult thing to hide or repair, and in many cases leads to a lifelong deformity.”

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Posted Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 8:17 pm
Filed Under Category: Cosmetic Surgery
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