Like most of the patients we see, you have probably been careful to pamper your hands, face and neck by applying sunscreen daily, being faithful to your regimen of anti-wrinkle creams and perhaps even receiving some aesthetic intervention with laser treatments and injectables. Yet, you may have overlooked a tell-tale sign of aging- the earlobes.
Just like everything else on planet Earth, with age, earlobes fall victim to gravity and collagen loss. This causes the earlobes to appear long, droopy and aged. If you ever went through a fashion phase consisting of large hoop or chandelier earrings, chances are, your piercing holes have also been altered as the weight of the earring pulls and stretches the piercing site.
Depending on the specific problem, a treatment plan does exist. Whether it be earlobe repair by surgical intervention or earlobe rejuvenation by means of injectable, dermal fillers, you are not doomed to droopy, misshaped, thin or torn earlobes.
Earlobe Rejuvenation with Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Perlane are ideal for earlobes that appear floppy, saggy, thin or stretched. Injected through a syringe, the hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally in the human body, provides volume to the earlobes-causing them to appear more youthful, plump and smaller. This treatment takes only about 30 minutes to complete and requires no downtime although bruising and swelling may temporarily result. The earlobes do not typically require much product and can generally be treated with 1 syringe which costs about $500. Results can last up to two years.
Earlobe Repair or Reduction Surgery
While many patients respond well to dermal filler therapy, some patients with tears or earlobes stretched to the extreme require surgery for alteration and repair.
When a simple tear occurs, the patient requires only a simple procedure. Using just a local anesthetic , the surgeon can reconnect the split earlobe with small sutures and restore the tissue back to its original shape. For patients needing an earlobe reduction, often common with those who have received ear gauges, the procedure is a bit more complex but still relatively straightforward and can be completed in an office surgical suite. The reduction is performed by surgically removing the excess tissue and augmenting the earlobe to a more visually pleasing shape. All branches of the military require earlobe correction prior to induction. Military uniform code states that ear piercings can not show light when the piercing jewelry is removed.
Upon healing, a thin white scar may be present but should fade over time. At our practice, we include laser scar treatment with the surgical cost for earlobe repair. Depending on the severity and complexity of the case, earlobe surgery ranges from $400 to $1500.
If you are interested in rejuvenating your thinning earlobes, reducing the size of your lobes or repairing a torn lobe, call 423-648-4011 and schedule a complimentary consultation with our Board Certified Surgeons.