The list of where you can get earlobe fillers might be a little longer than you’d initially think. At first glance, they might sound something like a niche procedure: after all, ear-based procedures aren’t always the most heavily marketed ones. But when you stop and think about it, earlobe fillers might end up being more popular than you thought.
What Do Earlobe Fillers Do?
That’s because earlobe fillers are used to treat one of the most common signs of aging: wrinkles and loose skin around the ears. There are many reasons this loose skin develops (mainly, gravity tends to have quite the impact on the ears, since they kind of hang apart from the rest of the face).
Getting fillers around your earlobes can mitigate some of these early signs of aging. But they aren’t the only popular quick procedure—a relatively non invasive approach that leads to more comfort with surgery down the road. For many patients, earlobe fillers are just the beginning.
How Do Earlobe Fillers Work?
When your ears start getting wrinkled, your body is losing volume. Well, that’s not entirely accurate. Your volume to surface area ratio is changing. That’s because gravity is pulling down on your ears, stretching out your skin. When you were young, your skin was more elastic and would simply bounce back.
But as you age, your skin loses that elasticity. So when your skin expands (for lack of a better word), your body can seem like it’s losing volume. Essentially, you have more skin than volume. The ratios become lopsided and you can start to form (gasp) wrinkles.
Usually, people handle most forms of wrinkles in stride. But for some people, wrinkles around the earlobes are just too much. They can be an obvious sign of aging, especially when combined with the way that earlobes can lose their definition when that happens. Many people don’t like the loose, undefined, wrinkled shape that earlobes sometimes take on.
Injections of fillers, however, can change that. Even something as common as Juvederm or Voluma can help restore the shape, roundness, and smoothness of the ears.
A Gateway Procedure
In many ways, this type of earlobe injection is emblematic of a new trend in cosmetic and plastic surgery: the gateway procedure. Now, that might have a kind of negative connotation to it, but that’s not intentional. These are procedures that patients can use to wade into the pool, to get used to the idea of making changes to the way they look.
And there are benefits to taking a kind of slow approach. Those benefits might include:
- More realistic expectations—once you’ve had a “gateway” procedure, you might be less likely to have unrealistic expectations about what other procedures can accomplish
- A good relationship with your cosmetic surgeon
- You may begin to get a sense for whether you actually want or like the changes that are made for aesthetic purposes
- Many filler injection types are effectively reversible, so these are very low stakes procedures for many people
Types of Gateway Procedures
Earlobe injections are one type of gateway procedure, but it’s certainly not the only one. There are, in fact, many different so-called gateway procedures that patients can use to get a better sense of whether cosmetic surgery is right for them. It’s worth noting, of course, that you should never consider a cosmetic surgery procedure without consulting with a surgeon.
Indeed, it’s only during the consultation process that you’ll get an absolutely clear idea of what may work for you and what might not. And, of course, there are risks associated with every procedure. A surgeon will be able to help you weigh those risks.
Common types of gateway procedures sometimes include the following:
- Botox: One of the most popular injectables on the face of the planet, Botox is widely used to eliminate lines and wrinkles. The results are temporary, so patients have a good chance to evaluate the results and see if they’re worth keeping. If you like what you see after a Botox injection, regular maintenance treatments can keep the general results going.
- CoolSculpting: If you’d rather get rid of fat than wrinkles, Coolsculpting might be a good “gateway” procedure for you. Coolsculpting is a device that uses to cold to zap away unwanted fat cells. It’s not quite as powerful as liposuction. In fact, the results from Coolsculpting tend to be quite subtle. But liposuction is a surgical procedure that requires a recovery period. Coolsculpting, generally, allows patients to return to daily activities almost immediately. You can see why it’s a good “gateway” procedure.
- Facials: Another great gateway procedure is also pretty simple. Many medical spas and anti-aging clinics across the country offer a wide variety of facials and peels. These will rejuvenate your skin and promote a certain amount of collagen formation—helping you to look and feel refreshed and youthful. It’s not terribly different than many other “peels” offered at spas—though it can be a bit more potent in a medical setting. Because it’s relatively familiar, it serves as a great gateway procedure for many patients.
No Required Procedures
I do want to be clear about one thing: cosmetic surgery is not for everyone. And nobody is required to graduate from non surgical procedures to surgical ones. That’s something that only you can decide—and you should be consulting with your surgeon every step of the way.
However, there are people who really do want to make a change. And that can be an intimidating process. Getting your feet wet—even if it’s just with a procedure such as earlobe injections—can help you see a clear path to the results you want, one step at a time.