Many find it surprising to learn that their ears continue to grow slowly throughout their lives. Some people find that enlarged, stretched or torn earlobes can distract from the appearance of their face. Earlobe reduction and earlobe repair are both simple procedures designed to restore a more youthful, natural look to the ears.
The cartilage that makes up the frame of the ear and the cartilage components of the earlobe tend to enlarge as a result of gravity and a loss of elasticity in the skin. By the time you’ve reached middle age, the increase in earlobe size can be noticeable. People who have worn heavy earrings, which slowly pull down on the lobes, may notice even more pronounced stretching.
Not all people who can benefit from earlobe surgery are in their middle or older age. Some individuals have naturally large earlobes that they may feel self-conscious about, while others may have damaged earlobes due to earrings being caught and torn through the lobe. This is common among mothers whose children have reached up to grab a shiny earring. Finally, some candidates for earlobe surgery have had gauged piercings in the past that they no longer feel fit their current image.
How Earlobe Surgery Can Help
Earlobe surgery is a simple in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia. The treatment reduces the size of the earlobes, tightens enlarged or loose piercings and repairs earlobes that have been torn. This procedure is frequently combined with facelift surgery to help restore a more youthful appearance to the face.