“Flesh Tunnel” repair is recent surgical trend for young people
A popular look among young people is having gauges in their ears, which effectively stretch out their earlobes. The amount of stretching that occurs differs between people, as it will depend on certain factors, such as how big the gauges are and how long they are left in. But people who have this accessory put in are now finding a problem that they might not have thought about initially – how their ears would look when the gauges are removed.
Now, more and more people are finding that they need to have their ears repaired after having the gauges taken out, because of the formation of what is being called a “flesh tunnel”. A “flesh tunnel” is essentially a hole in the earlobe of a person who has had gauges for a number of years. When the gauges are removed the result is an ear that looks deformed and unnatural, which can impact a person’s life in a variety of ways, including job hunting.
This has been an especially prevalent problem in the United Kingdom, where cosmetic surgeons are seeing a sharp rise in the number of young people – generally in their early to mid 20s – coming in to have their ears repaired and restored so they look natural once again. There is still a stigma around the practice of ear stretching, which is why so many people are going in to have the impact reversed so they can move on with their lives.
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