The lobe is the fleshy, rounded, lower part of the ear.
What is earlobe rejuvenation?
As the earlobe ages it loses collagen and elastin, becoming less dense and more flaccid and taking on a wrinkled, irregular appearance. The preauricular area may also deteriorate, with the appearance of vertical wrinkles that make the ear look even more aged.
Why is it performed?
Earlobe rejuvenation is performed to treat the signs of ageing on this area of the body.
What does it involve?
Earlobe rejuvenation is performed using two techniques:
- Minor surgery to close the lobe (if it is torn). A local anaesthetic is used in this case. After a month, the hole can be reopened and an earring inserted.
- Non-surgical procedure, injecting hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxyapatite fillers using a fine needle. This will correct the loss of density. Hyaluronic acid is found in the body in the cartilage, joints and skin; it supports the tissues, providing firmness and volume.
Both techniques are normally performed in a single session and results usually last a year.
How to prepare for it
This procedure is performed under topical, local anaesthetic. No special preparation is necessary, although the physician will need to take a medical history.
You can carry out your normal activities the day after the procedure, though you must not wear earrings or get your ears wet for a couple of days afterwards.
If you have had surgery to close the earlobe, it must remain closed for at least a month.