When you start to look in the mirror each morning and think “I look old,” what is it about yourself that makes you utter that dreaded phrase? Is your skin still in good shape? How about your neck? Can you see lines around your eyes or mouth if you stand a normal distance from the mirror? (Leaning in real close is cheating – even young people think “I look old” with every single skin cell under scrutiny!)
But there’s one body part we don’t often think about when it comes to aging. Sure, if you have facial wrinkles you might consider getting a facelift or having some Botox injected, or at the very least investing in some heavy duty anti wrinkle cream. But what about your ears? They can often say much more about your age than other parts of your body, and they often are neglected when it comes to anti aging treatments. Earlobes age just like the rest of your skin; they start to sag and droop over the years.
While your earlobes would sag on their own over time, there are a few things you can do to dramatically reduce the droop. One is to avoid wearing extremely heavy earrings for extended periods of time. You earlobes are not able to support very much weight, and heavy earrings pull and stretch the skin, which can cause sagging. If you do wear heavy earrings, you can prevent sagging or pulling by only wearing them for a short period of time. The rest of the time, choose lighter earrings or studs, which are the easiest for your ears to support without damaging the earlobes. You should always take out earrings before bed, no matter how big or small they are, to prevent them pulling in your sleep.
In addition, you want to treat your ears the same way you would treat any other body part – by applying sunscreen to your ears when going outdoors, and applying anti wrinkle cream daily.
If you’ve noticed your earlobes are already sagging, there are a few things you can do to tighten them up so they’ll hold earrings better in the future. There are manual stickers and products that you can use to help hold earrings up in their normal position, but as far as repairing the earlobe itself, you may need to undergo a minor cosmetic procedure. You can have fillers injected into the earlobe to fill in a sagging lobe and make it look fuller. This is a procedure similar to Botox. If your ear’s piercing is severely strained and stretched due to heavy earrings, you may need to undergo a minor surgery to repair the piercing.
Cosmetic ear surgeries have gotten more common, especially among patients who have undergone a face lift, as this can affect ear placement if not done properly. It is often a minor procedure that can be done quickly and easily.