(Closed) Earlobe surgery to fix big/stretched piercing holes

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I work with someone who investigated the cost and it was about $1000/ear. Insurance wouldn’t cover it and was considered cosmetic surgery – hence the cost.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Have you considered just getting nice guage earrings? 

Or just having diamond studs custom made to fit your ears? I’d think it would be alot easier to just have some extra gold added to the studs. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I went through a phase in HS and gauged my ears, which never quite went back to normal after I stopped stretching them. Now I have the same prob you do. Look up ‘monster backs’ or ‘disc backs’ for earrings. They are wider and provide more coverage so earrings won’t slip through the hole. Could be something to try out before committing to expensive surgeries.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Unless you literally have flesh tunnels, I’m not sure how effective surgery would be. Surgery on tunnels doesn’t aim to reduce the holes down to almost nothing… it just makes the lobes appear more normal in shape. As your holes are already quite small (I presume you couldn’t fit a 4mm gauge in them, or anything) I’m not sure if you would get the results you are looking for… and at that price, I’m not sure it’s worth it.

Could you get a tiny, hollow gauge for the hole in clear plastic, and then wear studs inside the gauge? That’s what I do with my tunnels if I want to look more like a lady for the evening!

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

lim3:  I really don’t know your size… a professional piercer would be able to tell you what sort of gauge might be suitable though (if any). Or you could even try those clear plastic retainers, maybe? I think you can get hollow ones on Amazon?

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

lim3:  You’ll want to search for “tunnels,” but you’d need to know what size.  Go to a piercing shop, they will be able to help you out.

If they don’t have what you need there, this site is where I get most of my jewelry:

bodyartforms.com

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

I would talk to a jewler that makes custom jewerly.  I would think that any local goldsmith would be able to alter a pair of earrings the same way they resize rings. 

You could also talk to someone at a tattoo/piercing parlor that specalizes in stretched lobes… i’m not really into that kind of thing but I know some people are.  Yours might not be stretched on purpose, but maybe they can help you know what size earrings you’d need and where you might be able to find them. 

Something like this https://www.etsy.com/listing/123988772/tiny-swarovski-crystal-stainless-steel?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=dainty%20ear%20plugs&ref=sr_gallery_1 looks nice and dainty. 

These are obviously for a really stretched hole, but it’s another example of some nice “plugs” (I guess that’s what they call them?)  https://www.etsy.com/listing/230034761/blue-diamond-plugs-for-stretched-ears?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=diamond%20ear%20plugs&ref=sr_gallery_8 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

A typical earring is somewhere between 16-20 guage. (larger numbers = smaller hole) 

So depending on how much larger your hole is than normal, you might be looking for 10 guage earrings.

Might even be able to get a cheap set of guage earrings online somewhere to see what size works for you, then go from there.

I don’t think you should have to worry about customizing your body just to wear earrings! so much easier just to find earrings that work. 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

lim3:  Some do and some don’t… you might have to see a larger/more specialist piercer if you want to buy one on the spot. Once they tell you the size, however, you can buy them online.

I have a pair of 8mm tunnels myself. I chose not to go above 10mm, because that’s when I heard they become permanently stretched. At the moment, when I remove them then it’s not so obvious because the lobes are still a normal shape, although obviously there’s still a hole! I have plastic tunnels I also wear and then, if the regular earrings have a large enough stone to cover the front of the plastic tunnel, I can wear the earrings through the centre hole… as long as the posts are long enough!

I also considered stretching my helix and/or cartilidge at one stage, but that’s a lot harder and it’s more traumatic on the body… plus it takes sooo long, so I decided I couldn’t be bothered!

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