Every woman’s earlobes are different: some are small, some are large, some are thick and some are on the thin side. Because I’m both a board certified plastic surgeon and a board certified Otolaryngology/Face & Neck surgeon, I’m often approached by patients with concerns about their earlobes. Earlobes can become droopy and stretched due to aging, a habit of wearing heavy earrings or just genetics. Sometimes they lose volume and become flat. Some patients come to me with something called “pixie ears,” which are a result of a facelift procedure in which the surgeon has literally attached the lobes to the face. Fortunately, I have solutions for all of these! If you are interested in my earlobe surgery Boca Raton, continue reading for more details of the solutions.
Causes of Saggy Earlobes
As we age, the cartilage in our bodies expands: ears and noses grow larger, for example. One can have prematurely saggy earlobes by wearing heavy earrings for many years, as the earrings weigh down the ears, stretching the soft tissue of the lobes. Further, earring piercings can begin to enlarge, taking on the appearance of a slit rather than a small hole. Surgical procedures can affect the earlobes, such as when too much skin is removed in a facelift and the earlobes end up on the cheeks, clearly a poor result that requires expert correction. All of these problems can be addressed in our Boca Raton plastic surgery office.
Non-Surgical Treatments for Earlobes
For patients with deflated earlobes, injections of Juvéderm® or Radiesse® can plump earlobes so that they look younger. With the use of a blunt tip cannula, it’s quite comfortable and the results last from 3-6 months, depending on the patient.
Surgical Procedures for Earlobes
For patients with elongated earlobes, a small portion of the lobe can be removed and the lobe reshaped. This can be done in the office or, if part of a facelift procedure, performed under general anesthesia in our onsite Boca Raton operating room.
For patients with “pixie ears,” disengagement of the lobes from the side of the face can be done under local anesthesia in our office or as part of a revision facelift under general anesthesia in our accredited operating room.
If you have concerns about the size, shape or flatness of your earlobes, contact me for a private consultation by calling 461-417-0171 today.