As we age, our skin can lose its elasticity, causing delicate areas of the body like the earlobes to droop or tear. After years of wearing heavy earrings, our earlobes can go through a lot of distress. The hole that holds an earring can elongate and make wearing jewelry difficult. Because earlobe problems are so common, patients often ask how they can improve the appearance of their ear lobes and better support their earrings.
Ear lobe problems
Often, the problem with an ear lobe is elongation of the piercing hole or, in more serious cases, the hole tearing all the way through the edge of the lobe. Elongated holes can make earrings hang somewhat crooked or pointing downward, and torn earring holes won’t hold an earring all together.
Injectable fillers can help
One options for an elongated hole or deflated lobe is to add a filler to the skin beneath the hole to add more support to the skin. The injection of Juvederm, Perlane, Restylane or other hyaluronic acids fillers are great for this area of the ear lobe. Although not a permanent fix, it can often last for 6-12 months in this particular area.
Below, a patient was concerned about her drooping earlobes. Dr. LeBeau placed 1cc of Restylane in her earlobes to improve the appearance and restore a youthful fullness to her earlobes.
Prevention is Key
It’s important to be mindful of your earrings, and to avoid wearing very heavy earrings. Also, if you are preparing to have your ears pierced, it’s helpful to not have the ear lobe pierced too low, so that there may be more support available for an earring.
Please contact us if you have any more questions about ear lobe procedures.