Rebuilding Damaged Earlobes​

Many of us don’t think about our earlobes until they begin to show signs of ageing. Over time, our earlobes show the same effects as other parts of the face; they begin to elongate, sag, wrinkle, and lean out. Current cosmetic medicine and surgery afford us a variety of means to combat these effects with the next generation of anti-ageing medicine. The best news is, most patients in Europe and North America do not need intensive surgery for earlobe rejuvenation.

Earlobe Rejuvenation Questions

How Can Earlobe Rejuvenation Make Me Look Younger?

The skin is made up of layers that support specialized fibres called elastin and collagen. These proteins keep the skin healthy and vibrant by retaining moisture. As collagen and elastin begin to dissipate over time, the skin starts to look dry, thin, and creased. With less collagen and elastin, the skin is not able to hold appropriate elasticity and appears older and less healthy.

Earlobe rejuvenation (or earlobe facelift) helps with this very problem by countering elongation of the lobe (where the earring sits), mending the damaged skin of the earlobe and improving texture. In most cases, Dr. Sharma opts to use injectable fillers on earlobe rejuvenation patients. Recently, however, he has moved toward the next generation of topical freeform unlinked hyaluronic acid dermal boosters – which allow for fantastic improvements in skin quality. These dermal boosters have allowed a ‘frog-leap’ in anti-ageing medicine, taking London, Paris, and Milan by storm. Hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers can be injected into the earlobe to smooth the skin, plump tissue, and lift the lobes for a youthful appearance.

Earlobe rejuvenation treatment also helps to make an elongated earring hole smaller and repair piercings that are excessively large. Some medical level chemical peels are also useful for earlobe rejuvenation, but they are not as popular as fillers.

Every method of earlobe rejuvenation leads to similar results: chubbier, rounder, smaller, younger looking earlobes. The ultimate effect is a healthier, more youthful appearance that patients no longer feel embarrassed about. To discover the best treatment for your earlobes, we invite you to arrange a consultation with Dr. Sharma.

How Can I Prevent Extended Earlobes?

Like the rest of our skin, earlobes suffer the effects of ageing and time. The “stretched” appearance we notice on our ears is mainly due to a drastic reduction in levels of collagen (the fibre that keeps skin firm and full) and elastin (the most important component that allows the skin to snap back from traction). In the case of the earlobes, the loss of elastin and collagen results in drooping, saggy, thin, and delicate earlobe skin. The general contour of the ear expands, making it seem unbalanced with the face.

However, there are ways to minimize this damage. Making certain that the skin receives enough moisture is one of the best means of preventing earlobe stretching. Skin cells use water as fuel for cellular reproduction (the regenerative procedure that creates new collagen and elastin), meaning that preservation of moisture is essential to maintaining healthy skin. Avoid dehydration by using natural skin care products, quality lotions, and by minimizing smoke and sunlight exposure.

It is also important to avoid wearing heavy earrings or to use them only for special events. Refrain from pulling on your ears. In short, minimize anything that adds to the continuous strain gravity puts on our ears.

How Can I Treat Stretched Earlobes?

Earlobe rejuvenation treatment does not usually require incisions or an invasive surgical operation. It merely requires a light injection of dermal filler into the skin of your earlobes. This instantly adds volume and plumps up the earlobes to remove their elongated and saggy contour. The procedure is fast and often takes no longer than 30 minutes.

For elongated earlobes, Juvéderm® is the most frequently recommended treatment as it stimulates the skin’s firmness and plumpness.The product contains hyaluronic acid, a material that our bodies produce naturally. Injected below the skin, hyaluronic acid integrates with the tissue and helps to stimulate the creation of significant fats.

Stretched earlobes that have been treated with a dermal filler look smoother and tighter. With continued application, patients can rescind years of earlobe ageing and appear both fitter and younger.

What Happens After Earlobe Rejuvenation?

After your filler treatment, you can get right back to work or other daily activities. Mild bruising and swelling may occur, but these symptoms should fade within a couple of days. To minimize these common side effects, avoid touching or rubbing your ears. In addition, Dr. Sharma advises his patients to sleep with their head slightly elevated for the first couple of nights.

Aesthetic results last from six to eight months. Be sure to care for your earlobes during this time. With continued treatments, you’ll experience longer lasting results.


Surgical Earlobe Repair

With over a decade of skin surgical expertise, Dr. Anil Sharma has repaired over 250 damaged earlobes, nose piercings, and other areas of the body where patients wish to reverse a procedure or make piercings smaller. He is skilled at fixing earlobes that have been deliberately stretched through the body piercing practice known as “estimating” and earlobes split by injury or by earrings. This procedure is not exactly like ear pinning (otoplasty), which is performed to correct protruding or misshapen ears.

The earlobe is made up of skin and fat and has no bones or cartilage tissue. As a result, earlobes are more prone to tearing than other parts of the ear, which are comprised of hefty cartilage. Large, heavy earrings that pull downward can tear the earlobe. Tears may also happen if earrings are caught in clothing or other items. The tear may continue through the base of the earlobe in some cases, causing a cracked lobe. Some torn earlobes heal over time leaving unsightly scars that make it challenging to re-pierce the ear or wear earrings.

Stretched earlobes are often due to deliberate extension using gauges that grow increasingly bigger. Irrespective of the origin of the stretching or tear, earlobe surgery can fix the lobe and permit you to wear earrings again.

Earlobe Repair FAQ

What is Involved in Earlobe Surgical Repair?

Earlobe surgery is an outpatient procedure. Although your time in surgery will be contingent on the extent of the process, it usually takes about one hour. Under local anesthesia, Dr. Sharma removes the skin that is lining the rip or piercing, cuts away any excess tissue and sutures the lobe back together. The result is a smaller but intact earlobe.

It may be possible to re-pierce the ears as part of the surgery process. If so, you will receive stud earrings that you must wear before switching to other kinds of earrings. Sometimes, temporary spacers or stitches are placed into the ears. These may be used for light earrings until your lobes have healed and can carry heavier earrings, which often takes about six weeks.

Especially if your lobe has been split, you may need to wait for your ear to heal before undergoing this surgery.

How Long Does it Take to Recover From Earlobe Repair?

You may experience some mild discomfort following earlobe surgery. Over-the-counter pain medicine can help. Dr. Sharma will give you thorough instructions regarding which medications are best suited to your individual needs as well as how exactly to take care of the surgical region. You will not want bandages on your earlobes, but you will be asked to use antibiotic ointment around the incisions for about seven days to assist in preventing disease or infection.

The surgical recuperation period is an essential time during which the results can be impacted. Whether you have had earlobe repair, a facelift, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, or other surgery. It is vital that you follow your Dr. Sharma’s instructions to ensure the best results.

How Can I Prevent Earlobe Tears?

To keep your earlobes from tearing, choose studs or lightweight earrings instead of large hoops. Additionally, remove any jewelry around young children, who may be tempted to latch and pull on the earrings, causing more damage.