The statement earrings you’ve been wanting to wear are only an hour away with our earlobe repair procedure. Earlobe Repair is a straight-forward procedure that is typically done within an hour and performed under local anesthesia. We see a lot of patients who after many years of wearing long or heavy earrings have elongated the earlobe piercing, which can eventually lead to a vertical split. That vertical split, if not repaired, will eventually result in an earring completely pulling through the remaining bridge of skin – which creates the ‘split earlobe’ appearance. And while we do see many patients who are seeking the split earlobe repair procedure, we also see a lot of patients who want to avoid the painful feeling of the split itself.
Why Are My Earlobes Getting Bigger? And thinner?
Our ears and noses are always lengthening as we age because of gravity. As we age, gravity causes the cartilage in your ears and nose to break down and sag. Aside from split or stretched ear piercing, we can surgically shorten elongated earlobes. Elongated earlobes are a natural part of the aging process, and shortening them slightly can contribute to a noticeable more youthful appearance.
Earlobes also become thinner and a bit ‘lifeless’, appearing as a result of gradual fat atrophy, which is another normal aspect of the aging process. We frequently perform earlobe fat grafting to restore a fuller, more robust, and more youthful earlobe appearance. For a less permanent solution, we also offer dermal fillers for the earlobe, although not permanent, can still have a youthful, dramatic effect. Fuller earlobes are a sign of youth and also display earrings in a more favorable manner. You no longer have to worry about the amount of weight on your ears, a painful split, or frustrating droopy earlobes. Earlobe fat grafting can be performed in concert with any earlobe repair surgery, and can also be performed as a stand-alone procedure when earlobe atrophy is the only cosmetic concern. So keep those statement earrings handy, there’s no need to say good-bye to those just yet.
Dr. Alexandra Schmidt is a fellowship trained, board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Schmidt has been described as the Best Female Plastic Surgeon in North Carolina in many patient reviews. Dr. Schmidt performs aesthetic surgery of the face and body with a special emphasis on very natural looking results with a comfortable and rapid recovery. Patient safety and privacy are Dr. Schmidt’s highest priorities.