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Ear lobe damage can be caused by ageing, injury or through ear piercing. Ageing causes the ear lobes to increase in size and sag in a downwards direction due to a loss of their supporting collagen and elastin and the effects of gravity. By adding ear piercings to this, the effect on the ear lobe from the increased weight can cause a stretching of the piercing hole so jewellery no longer sits proudly on the ear lobe but turns downwards. Larger piercings, tribal or stretching tunnels can also have a significant effect on the ear lobe whereby the lobe becomes split or elongated. Various surgical and non-surgical solutions are available to repair the ear lobe, lift or add back volume to restore the original shape and provide cosmetic improvement. In the case of the ageing ear lobe, this will allow earrings to sit correctly once again.
Dermal fillers are made of various kinds of natural, man-made or synthetic materials that have been developed for injection into the skin and lips; including hyaluronic acid.
Cosmetic ear surgery or otoplasty can be used to correct ears which stick out, reduce large ears or earlobes, increase the size of small ears, or reshape cartilage in ears with an unnatural shape.