How to get gauged ears sewn up

Updated April 17, 2017

Ear lobe piercings can be stretched to make the hole larger than the original piercing. Most ear sizes, up to a zero gauge, can be made smaller by simply removing jewellery and allowing the skin to shrink. In some cases, the ear lobes are stretched to the point where surgery is the only option to close them. After stretching their ear lobes to a large gauge, such as double zero and larger, a person may decide for personal or work reasons that they must learn how to have the holes sewn up.

Take your ear jewellery out. Allow the skin to close up as much as it can on its own.

Make an appointment with your general practitioner to obtain a referral for a plastic surgeon.

Meet with the plastic surgeon to discuss the details of the surgery.

Consider all aspects that go along with having your stretched ears sewn up. Some things to think about are smaller ear lobes after the surgery, the cost of the procedure and the healing and recovery time.


Ask someone to drive you to and from the surgery location. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under local anaesthesia, but it may not be safe for you to drive.


Never attempt to perform this procedure yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • General practitioner
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About the Author

Maude Coffey retired after 10 years working as a professional body modification artist in the tattoo industry. She is certified in principles of infection control and blood-borne pathogens. Coffey received additional training and classes, such as anatomy, jewelry standards and aftercare, from the Association of Professional Piercers. Coffey aims to educate about safe tattooing and piercing practices while writing for various websites.