As we age, our ears lose collagen and elastin just like the rest of our skin. The lobes can start to droop and cannot hold the weight of jewelry. We can safely and effectively restore your earlobes by injecting a small amount of dermal fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane into the lobes. The results are instantaneous and can last for up to one year.
Sometimes wearing large or heavy earrings can cause the earlobes to tear. This can be repaired surgically in our office with local anesthetic. After sutures are removed, the ears can be re-pierced in our office; earrings can be worn again in 3-6 months, after the earlobe has healed completely.
Ear piercing should always be performed in a doctor’s office. Risk of infection and improper placement of instruments can lead to more serious complications. Our office performs ear piercing in a safe and sterile environment. Patients can bring their own gold or platinum post back studs to be used.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, ear piercing in children should be postponed until children can properly fight off potential infection and take care of the area themselves, usually 7 or 8 years old. If you still decide to pierce your infant’s ears, you should wait until the baby is at least 3 months old. The immune system will be partially developed and can fight off minor infections.