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Ear shaping the new craze among young adults and teens

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They're hip, they're trendy and for many, very fashionable.

Teenagers and young adults are into ear shaping and the jewelry that goes with it, but does it benefit you when trying to get a job?

"I have some ear weights in. No it doesn't [hurt] at all. The skin is a real strong thing, if you stretch them properly," said Juan Santiago of Insight Studios.

Santiago said that the best way to shape is to gradually go up in size every couple of months.

"You can do it a lot sooner, but I feel like to have good, strong healthy lobes you have to take it slow," Santiago said.

However, Cody Selga couldn't wait. It was rock music, not religion that got the 15-year-old into ear shaping. Selga said that he changed sizes every two weeks.

"It was just the cool thing to do; the bigger they were, the cooler you were," said Selga. "Wearing them wasn't so painful, it was just every time you go up a size and then when it was healing, that was the painful part."

Selga also said his lobes are at the limit, since he landed a job in corporate America.

"I was self-conscious about it. I always thought people were gonna' look at my ear lobes [rather] than me," Selga added.

Selga had cosmetic surgery to repair the damage that had been done to his ears.

Dr. Rebecca Tung from Loyola said that the goal is to make the fix before it's too late.

"When you increase the size, you can cause problems to the ear, even if you're increasing it to a very large size. Part of the ear becomes weakened, and that tissue becomes very fragile," said Dr. Tung.

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