Can ears age you? Apparently yes, according to the Daily Mirror’s writer Kay Goddard. And fashionistas better watch out, says Goddard, because not since Corrie’s Bet Lynch was setting the trends with her oversized chandeliers earrings, has hefty ear adornment been so in. Whether Bet Lynch was ever a trend-setting style maven must is open to question, but either way Goddard is right in one respect, over-sized earrings can and do cause unsightly lobe droop and stretched holes.
The reason why this is so aging is because elongated earlobes are part and parcel of the natural aging process. Just as the jawline droops as we age, so does the tissue in the earlobes, making them longer.
The best way to avoid ‘granny ears’ is to forego weighty ear appendages. But what if the damage is done?
Earlobe reconstruction is gaining in popularity, says Goddard. Younger women in their thirties can have fillers in the lobe which can make an overstretched piercing smaller, older women can opt for an ‘ear lift’ to remove excess skin and flesh, resizing the lobes to a more youthful length. Goddard says the op she had ‘took years off’ her ears and she was delighted with the results.
Either way we’d recommend giving this seasons dangly earrings a wide berth and sticking to studs.