The Lobe Lift

We are all concerned (some same “obsessed”) with looking younger. This is part of the reason why plastic surgery continues to increase in popularity, despite any economic downturn. As a board certified plastic surgeon and Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at one of our nation’s top medical schools, I am experienced in every aspect of face and body rejuvenation.  As I continue to look for ways to help people look and feel younger, I noticed an area that is often neglected by people and their plastic surgeons alike – the earlobes.

As we age, we lose collagen and elastin. This is very obvious in areas like the face, neck, breasts, and abdomen.  But these changes occur everywhere in our bodies – even our earlobes!  As we age, our earlobes loose internal support and begin to sag.  There is also loss of fat, making them appear thinner. The net result is thinner and longer earlobes, showing your true age.  When looking for rejuvenation fo the face, it is important not to neglect your ears.

I have been performing earlobe rejuvenation for several years now and the procedure is really gaining in popularity. The “lobe lift” has evolved and is customized for every earlobe.  The procedure may involve the injection of dermal fillers, the removal of excess skin, or a combination of both.

For the treatment of thinning earlobes, I inject popular fillers such as Juvaderm, Restylane, or Perlane into the earlobe. This plumps the earlobe, providing a lift. This is a great option for women who find that their thin earlobes appear more aged that the rest of their face.   This is also very popular with women who have stretched out earring holes and have difficulty wearing earrings. By “plumping” the skin around the piercing, the hole becomes smaller, allowing more earring options.

In long, sagging earlobes, I can remove the excess skin. This is done during a simple in-office procedure that takes about 20 minutes with only local anesthesia.  By removing excess skin, the earlobe is shortened, lifted, and made smaller. The scar is hidden and is almost impossible to see.

This procedure is becoming more popular, both as an isolated procedure and as a critical component of my face and neck lifts. While many people do not come to me complaining of the appearance of their earlobes, I would be negligent if I failed to point it out when evaluating someone’s face.  As a plastic surgeon, I am trained to look at the entire person as a whole. Balance and symmetry is a critical component of a youthful appearance.

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