When it comes to new and experimental beauty treatments we’re resolutely open minded, but discovering just where some women have started using fillers now—well that even caught us by surprise. While they've been the go-to treatment for plumping up lips and smoothing out laughter lines for some time now, fillers have just found themselves an unlikely new occupation: saving the earlobes of statement earring lovers.
That’s right, in a new cosmetic surgery trend that’s keenly spiking upwards, increasing numbers of women are turning to injectables to rejuvenate lobes that have sagged under the weight of a few too many oversized adornments. Thinking twice about those Zara mega-baubles now? Keep scrolling for the low-down on earlobe fillers.
Breaking things down for newbeauty.com, Florida-based dermatologist Kenneth R. Beer, MD, explains that while women in their 40s and above are his key demographic for this treatment—given that collagen in the skin depletes as we age—he is seeing a fair number of patients below that bracket in need of a little lift. “In general, women who are used to wearing larger earrings or who’ve had significant sun exposure and simply want to have less wrinkled lobes are all good candidates for this procedure,” he says.
So what’s involved? Well, fillers (also known as dermal fillers) tend to refer to any type of injectable hyaluronic acid (a sugar molecule naturally found in the body), which acts to add volume to areas where cells have lost collagen and elastin over time. Or, as we now understand it, following a long-term love affair with super-sized earrings. “I have been doing this for years, and many of my patients come in once every nine to 12 months,” adds Beer. “For those who are new to the procedure, I recommend doing it every six months for the first two years and then about once a year.”
Like we said, surprising; but hey, it's an innovative use of the beauty industry's advancements, right? If you do happen to be in the market for plumper-looking lobes, we’d suggest embarking on some solid research first, as the treatment is currently far more common in the States compared with the homeland. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons is a great resource for finding a reputable practitioner in your area, while our complete guide to fillers and Botox should give you the full lowdown on injectable treatments and what’s involved.
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