Trends in personal appearance, accessories, clothing, and style in general are ever-changing. In the overwhelming majority of cases, decisions about these things have little long term consequence. Short hair or long hair? It grows back. Gold chains or hoop earrings? Your choice. Skinny jeans or baggy jeans? Minimal investment. Red lipstick or natural lips? No problem either way.
There are some things, however, that are not so easily reversed. The obvious example is tattooing. Another example that may not be so clear from the start are gauged ear piercings. First, let me say that I personally have no problem with gauges and in many cases think that they look cool. The problem is that this opinion is not widely shared by the more conservative, often older, mainstream establishment (read: your new boss). While this is not a problem as a student, or even in your early career, the unfortunate reality is that, as you advance in age and professional standing, people will judge you differently. It’s not fair. It’s not right. But it is true.
Luckily there is a surgical procedure (earlobe repair surgery) to reverse these type of piercings, and it can be done in the office with local anesthesia. Though the procedure involves lots of careful manipulation of the sensitive earlobe tissue, the recovery is pretty straightforward. While I would never project my personal preferences or aesthetics onto others, if you find yourself in a situation like I’ve described above, rest assured that there is a solution.
For more information about reconstructive surgery, surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation, please visit SanFranciscoFacialPlasticSurgery.com or call 415-550-1077 today for a comprehensive consultation!
Evan R. Ransom M.D.
Board Certified Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon