Surgery to repair flesh tunnels involves removing the stretched area of skin, then sewing the remaining flesh back together in order to create a more natural-shaped ear.
Cosmetic surgeon Adrian Richards told The Guardian newspaper he sees ‘at least 10 new patients a month’ for the operation.
“There’s a lot of negativity around about ear-stretching,” he says.
“We recently treated a golf professional who was joining the Professional Golfers’ Association. They wouldn’t let him join with stretched ears.
“I’ve treated a man who was in a punk band but then became a teacher and needed his ears repaired.”
The procedure, which usually takes around 30 minutes to complete, is performed under local anaesthetic.
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