Cosmetic Surgeons Are Seeing a Dramatic Surge in People Regretting This Body Art Trend


Around ten years ago, Kurt Barnett decided to dive into the popular trend of earlobe gauging, which entails slowly—and painfully—stretching out one’s earlobes over time to fit a large piercing inside:

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However, since its heyday in the late-2000s, earlobe gauging has begun to die out in popularity, and some, like Barnett, are now left with an unwanted aftermath — droopy earlobes with thinly stretched skin:

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And consequently, as you can imagine, cosmetic surgeons are now seeing a new trend in surgery requests: former earlobe-gaugers looking to get their droopy holes patched up.

Dr. Julie Khanna, for example, will be conducting the operation on 25-year-old Barnett. She explains:

“As you change, as you enter the workforce, you may not want to have that permanently, and that’s when people start thinking about how can I correct it?”

Barnett’s procedure will not come cheap. In order to get his old ears back, he’ll have to dish out upwards of $1,700.

Still, Barnett is thrilled:

“I’m actually very excited just to have my ears back to normal, instead of these big open holes in my ears,” he said.

The procedure requires the surgeon to basically snip off the excess skin and attach the earlobe back together, a process that takes about 45 minutes to complete:

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When his ears have healed in three months following the surgery, all he will be left with is a faint scar.

Barnett is actually looking to make a documentary on earlobe gauging so he can teach people who are thinking about starting the process the possible repercussions.

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