When you think about important body parts, earlobes probably aren't the first things that come to mind, but they're actually more important than you realize. In fact, earlobes are a lot like the hands, in that they can quickly betray your true age. And since some women spend significant portions of their lives with heavy earrings dangling from their earlobes, this area can easily become stretched out, saggy, wrinkled and just plain old-looking.
Now, however, women are starting to realize how important the earlobes are, and they're starting to fight back. As a result, earlobe restoration has already become one of the hottest cosmetic surgery trends of 2018.
By now you're probably wondering how exactly one goes about restoring a sagging, deflated earlobe. As it turns out, there are several options depending on just how much work the lobes in question need. On the lower end of the spectrum, there are a number of non-invasive cosmetic options. These include treatments like chemical peels, Fraxel lasers and topical retinol application. Some combination of these treatments can help to correct sagging, wrinkles, elongated piercing holes and even clear up discoloration, provided that the damage isn't too severe.
In more extreme cases, heavy-duty treatments are available. Currently, the most powerful treatments cosmetic surgeons have to restore badly damaged earlobes to their former glory come in the form of injectables. Namely, Restylane and other hyaluronic acid fillers can be used to dramatically strengthen and tighten up the earlobes, taking years off of their appearance. In other cases, surgeons graft fat into the lobes to shrink the earring holes and firm up areas that are saggy or wrinkled.
Although these latter treatments can be more effective, they also come with a heftier price tag. According to some estimates, dermal fillers and fat grafts can cost upwards of $500 a piece. And in the case of fillers, the procedure has to be every six months to a year in order to help the lobes retain their youthful firmness.
Perhaps one of the most surprising things about this trends is that it isn’t just women getting work done on their earlobes. While wearing earrings certainly makes women's earlobes more prone to sagging, men's lobes can also start to look a little lackluster as they age. And just like their female counterparts, men don't want their earlobes making them look older than they are.
So there you have it. Merely a month into 2018, and already the latest cosmetic surgery fad has started to climb through the ranks. Now, two questions remain. How long will this trend last? And what will be the next trend to take the world of cosmetic surgery by storm?
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