More and more patients have been going “under the knife” to fix the gaping holes left in their earlobes left over from ear plugs that stretched the skin. Many patients don’t regret wearing ear plugs, as it was part of who they were years before. However, once ears are stretched past half-an-inch in diameter, they won’t shrink, or close up. Cosmetic surgery for the earlobes involves removing the excess stretched ear tissue and using internal and external stitches in the earlobe to recreate a more normal shape.

During the procedure, a plastic surgeon often numbs the ear for the approximately 40-minute-long operation, but the patient stays awake. Patients often end up with a well-hidden scar along the natural contour of the reconstructed earlobe.

According to Dr. Michael Edwards, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, earlobe reconstruction surgery is more prevalent in the U.K. than in the US. Patients are realizing more and more that ear plugs, or gaping holes, are not helpful during the job search. Check out the full article here: