The patient is a young woman who had recession of her gums due to her Labret piercing and desired removal. The piercing formed a permanent tract that must be removed like a donut and then repaired in layers. The repair may be deforming to the lip, but improves with time as the lip stretches. Repair in theory is similar for earlobe guaging, but the earlobe tolerates the repair better.
Mark D. Wigod, MD, FACS, providing Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery to Boise, Meridian, Treasure Valley and Southeastern Idaho.