Stretched Earlobes and Earlobe Reduction, or Earlobe Lift
How Do You Treat a Stretched Earlobe?
In some individuals, a stretched ear lobe can be a sign of heavy earring use or having a low piercing causing the earlobe to stretch. In others, a stretched earlobe is a sign of volume loss (there’s fat in the earlobe that decreases with age). Treatment options include adding filler such as Restylane or Juvederm to the earlobe or having an earlobe reduction, also known as an Earlobe Lift, which is a quick 20 min in-office procedure under local anesthesia with little downtime. The existing piercing can be closed or left alone.
How Do You Prevent Stretched Earlobes?
Decreasing the risk of stretched earlobes begins with proper piercing height. A low piercing will stretch the earlobe over time; however, a properly placed piercing with heavy earring use will also stretch over time. Removing earrings before removing clothing over your head, minimizing use of heavy earrings, and using caution when wearing long earrings around pets or children is recommended. Tight earrings can decrease earlobe volume faster (there’s a fat pad in the earlobe) and the earlobe stretches naturally as natural aging occurs. Treatment options include filler injection with Restylane or Juvederm to add volume, closing an existing low piercing and then repiercing higher, or an ear lobe reduction procedure, or an Earlobe Lift. All of these can be performed in less than 20 min in the office under local anesthesia with little downtime.