DO YOUR EAR(RING)S HANG LOW?

Large EarringsThough our ears are 90% formed by age of 6, they continue to change shape as we age.  As soft tissues relax and the structural support changes, causing them to droop. “Bone recedes with time, so there’s less foundation to hold the skin and cartilage up,” explains board certified NYC Dermatologist Dr. Kally Papantoniou.  Aging, sun damage, and the loss of elasticity and collagen in the skin also contribute to sagging.  “The support is also not there so the ear looks shriveled,” she adds.   When the ear lobes become wrinkled and thinned out typically near the site of a piercing, they “weaken the piercing itself so that earrings are not held firmly in the ear,” causing them to turn downward, rather than stay in place. Dr. Papantoniou often uses dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm or Belotero to aid the structure of the lobe.  “The look is completely natural, and the earrings are held up perfectly afterwards, with hardly any down time.”  Here are some of Dr. Papantoniou’s tips to help protect your lobes from hanging (too) low:

  1. Never sleep with earrings. Even if this does not feel uncomfortable, it could mean 8 hours of an ear being tugged by the earring against a pillow.
  2. Don’t wear heavy earrings every day routinely. Save this for an important event, or limit the amount of time you wear them to few hours.
  3. Don’t forget your sunscreen!  Photodamage is the # 1 aging factor for the ear.
  4. Consider applying some of your retinol cream to the lower part of the ear when you apply to your face.
  5. If you have an over grown scar on the ear, this may be a keloid and it can be treated with either injections or surgical removal, see your dermatologist.

 

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