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Facial Piercing Problems

cheeks piercing

With the popularity of body art, surgeons are seeing more and more patients with problems with piercings, gauged earlobes and tattoos.  Some people want them reversed and some have actual problems where the piercing is grown into the tissues and cannot be removed.

Generally this happens in the ear and lips, but can occur anywhere in the body.  If severe, the piercing needs to be surgically removed and can usually be completed with local anesthesia.  The area is numbed and a small incision is made to locate the buried portion of the piercing, which is then removed.

The photos below show a patient after treatment for scars from cheek piercing.  The darkness is temporary pigmentation from the laser healing and will resolve.

cheek Piercing 1c


The photo below shows an earring that has been grown over and buried in the lobe tissue

overgrown earring


The video below shows a lip piercing that is removed surgically.

For more information about cosmetic facial surgery visit

Joe Niamtu, III DMD

Cosmetic Facial Surgery

Richmond, Virginia

Office Address

Joe Niamtu III, DMD
11319 Polo Place
Midlothian, VA 23113

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

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