I see a lot of patients, especially older women, who favor wearing long, dangling and heavy earrings. Over time, the skin stretches under the weight of the earrings.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 17, 2012
Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Deutsch, MD, FACS, has recently been performing numerous reconstructive surgeries to repair earlobes damaged by excessive stretching or tearing caused by heavy or wide earrings that pull or stretch the skin. Skin thins with age, making earlobes more susceptible to tearing when wearing heavy jewelry that stretches the skin or can snag on clothing. The procedure performed by Dr. Deutsch is usually completed in less than an hour and is performed in his office under local anesthesia. Pain and downtime are minimal with this procedure. The former piercing can be preserved or the ear can be re-pierced once the patient has fully recovered from the reparative surgery.
While many of Dr. Deutsch’s patients are women who regularly wear weighty or dangling earrings, which cause stretching and tearing of the earlobes, he also repairs lobes damaged by gauging. A popular form of body modification, ear gauging is the deliberate expansion of a healed piercing. This requires the gradual stretching of the ear lobes in small increments. This stretching also thins the skin and increases the likelihood of tearing.
“I see a lot of patients, especially older women, who favor wearing long, dangling and heavy earrings. Over time, the skin stretches under the weight of the earrings. As we age, skin thins which means earlobes are even more susceptible to tearing,” says Dr. Deutsch. “I also advise my patients to be cautious when wearing dangling earrings around small children, who are more likely to tug on the jewelry which can cause painful tearing if the earring is ripped out of the ear.”
Dr. Deutsch is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in general, plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Deutsch is one of the top plastic surgeons in Atlanta and has two office locations in the Atlanta area. For more discussion of the earlobe repair procedures that Dr. Deutsch offers, visit http://www.perimeterplasticsurgery.com or call (770) 461-4824 to schedule a consultation.