Repairing stretched earlobes and ears damaged by piercing

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A few years ago this young man had the cartilage of his ears pierced and his earlobes stretched with grommet type devices. The resulting deformity was significant as is evident in the photographs and was even affecting his hearing. The repair was performed under local anaesthesia. When fully healed the ears will appear completely normal.

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