I got my ears pierced when I was younger. I have recently noticed that they are extremely uneven. I have tried to ignore it, but it bothers me a lot. Would it be possible to close the holes and get them re-pierced? If so, how much would it cost?
Can I Close Normal Ear Piercings?
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Can I Close Normal Ear Piercings?
Garrett A. Wirth, MD, MS, FACS
Yes, you can close normal ear piercings--and repierce at the same time.
Repair of stretched or uneven earlobe holes
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Closing Ear Piercings
Yes, it is absolutely possible to have the holes from ear piercings closed and then re-pierced after several weeks to months. The technique in large part depends in part on how large the holes are and where the holes are positioned. It could be as simple as cutting an ellipse of skin around the hole or more complex where more manipulation may be required. The cost will vary depending on where you are located, how much manipulation is necessary, and if it is one sided or two. Regarding re-piercing, I usually wait a minimum of two months before I do this procedure.
How Simple Is It To Close Pierced Earlobe Holes
Earlobes have a limited amount of skin and they have a shape that requires all the skin present for one earlobe to look like the other. To remove an ear piercing hole, one often takes enough skin to distort the earlobe.
I often take symmetrical wedges out of each earlobe and that way, keep the size exactly the same by incorporating the piercing within the wedge on each side. Whenever you take a wedge out of an earlobe, to prevent denting at the edge of the earlobe, you need to do a tongue and groove pattern similar to the way old fashioned, fine furniture was made.
Once the wound is healed, usually about six to eight weeks after closure, I use the Duffy Ear Piercer. This is an excellent and little talked about plastic surgery tool made by Michael Duffy, M.D. and available commercially. The repierced hole should be filled with a gold post with a relatively small gold ball fronting it. The gold stud should be left in for approximately ten days. It should be spun at least every other day, and washed gently with a very mild soap each day, but never removing it from the ear. I normally do not allow my patients to use heavy earrings after an earlobe repair for about three months to allow significant wound healing and prevention of stretching of the newly healed tissue.
Cost of closing ear piercings
Thank you for the question. The average cost is $600-$1200. It depends whether its one side or both. The procedure is performed in the office under local anesthesia. The results are usually very good. Patient satisfaction is very high
Earlobe holes can be closed easily and painlessly.
For roughly $500 per earlobe the hole can be closed under local anesthesia and painlessly with no down time. Sincerely,
Can I close Normal Ear Piercings
It is possible to repair stretched ear lobes
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