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What Wikipedia Won’t Tell You About Earlobes

Published on October 16, 2019

Women LOVE their earrings! I see women all the time wearing elaborate earrings and I can’t help but notice sometimes how much it weighs down the earlobes.  The pull of gravity over the years of wearing trendy statement earrings can stretch out earlobes, making them look old and deflated. For some of my patients, women miss wearing the earrings they’ve purchased or received as mementos or gifts because they have become self-conscious of their saggy, long earlobes. The main issue is that the skin envelope loses volume over time(like everything else around our face). This is unfortunately compounded by the fact that earrings are stretching and expanding something that has become very thin and deflated. This not only accentuates the volume loss but makes it difficult to wear those shiny, flashy earrings when you are highlighting an earlobe that doesn’t fit the rest of you! Something that I have been offering in my practice to these women is dermal filler injections. This works because:

  1. The dermal filler, like Restylane or Juvederm, is used to fill out wrinkles and to add volume to the ears
  2. The filler contains hyaluronic acid which is a substance that occurs naturally in our skin to help keep it hydrated. 
  3. It instantly rejuvenates thin, stretched, and wrinkled ears into a more youthful appearance
  4. It is safe and there is no downtime post-treatment. You can come in, have it done, and go to lunch or your favorite workout class afterwards.

The procedure takes around 15 minutes and doesn’t require any numbing or pre-treatment planning. As with any hyaluronic acid filler, it is a known fact that hyaluronic acid attracts about a thousand times its weight in water. What this means for your tissues is a volumized and full appearance, sometimes showing a little swelling for the first day or so. This is always temporary and settles down to a refreshed and youthful earlobe. The filler itself will last around 9-12 months.  I allow my patients to wear their earrings right after the procedure if they so desire but most women will wait till the next day. 

Women that get this procedure feel that their confidence is instantly restored when it comes to wearing their favorite earrings. Why feel self-conscious about something that has a quick and easy solution? 

To see Dr. Michael Somenek in Washington, DC, please contact us at 202-810-7700 or email us at [email protected]. Contact our office today to set up your consultation.

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