As women age, it’s natural for certain parts of the body begin to sag or droop. Many women start taking countermeasures in their younger years to make sure that their arms stay firm and the skin on their face remains taut, but the ears are often forgotten. Just like other parts of the body, the skin on the ears also loosens over time. This, combined with years of wearing heavy earrings, can result in earlobes that look floppy and unattractive.
Though it’s impossible to change the fact that our ears will naturally stretch at least a little bit as we grow older, there are some things that can be done to limit the amount of sagging. In order to keep earlobes from aging, women can:
- Apply the same moisturizers and sunscreen to the ears that are being used on the rest of the face.
- Use skin care products that contain retinoid. They’re usually available by prescription only and can help preserve or regenerate collagen in the skin.
- Wear light earrings, such as those made out of plastic. It’s a much lighter material and won’t place as much strain on the piercings.
- Avoid wearing heavy earrings for long periods of time. If possible, they should be avoided altogether.
My earlobes are already droopy. Now what?
It may be too late to stop your earlobes from sagging, but there are still things you can do to repair them and improve their appearance. A simple fix for women with large piercing holes is to purchase earlobe support tape. The invisible stickers help take weight off of the earring hole and minimize the appearance of the piercing.
Earlobe reduction surgery is another option. The in-office procedure requires a local anesthetic, typically takes about 15 minutes each ear, and heals quickly.