Normally we do not talk about ears in terms of beauty. The reason is, we have failed to realise that our ears that sit quietly on either side of our face actually add to our aesthetic quotient. They give the face the right frame and makes one look appealing and pleasing. Like most other body parts, ear lobes and the external areas of the ear are subject to ageing. From an aesthetic point of view, ears frame the face, which means, droopy ears can be embarrassing and makes it harder to wear earrings. To combat ageing and revive a youthful and fuller appearance, Eartox is performed. Eartox is termed as the newest trend in the arena of non-surgical face aesthetics.
1. What is Eartox: Ear rejuvenation, also known as “Eartox” – is a non surgical treatment which involves injecting Hyaluronic Acid based dermal fillers into the earlobe in order to smooth the area’s skin, plump tissue and lift the lobes for a more youthful appearance. This gives a plumper, more rounded, smaller and youthful looking earlobes.
2. About the treatment: This temporary procedure involves increasing the earlobe volume by injecting it with US FDA approved Hyaluronic acid based fillers. Another added benefit is that these fillers minimise the appearance of ear piercings. This procedure is carried out under local anaesthesia and it takes about 15 to 30 minutes. The results last for a few months. There is no recovery time and normal activities can be resumed .This procedure does not change the shape of the earlobe, it only plumps it up.
3. When should one go for this treatment? Women may feel uncomfortable about the appearance of their ears, when the typical changes in the earlobes happen in the form of elongation, wrinkling, drooping, drying and thinning. These changes in the shape of the earlobes affect the overall shape of the ear, making them look bigger and unbalanced with the face. This is prominently visible specially in women who wear heavy earrings.
4. Do’s and Don’ts
DO tell your doctor about any medications you take regularly just in case there are any potential reactions. Your injector may work with your doctor to determine safety measures.
DO talk to your doctor before treatment if you have any medical concerns.
DO follow your doctor’s instructions regarding using ointment on the area for a few days after your procedure. This will help to minimise bruising.
DON’T drink alcohol for at least 48 hours before your treatment. The blood-thinning effects of alcohol may cause you to bruise, not to mention the fact that hangovers are no fun on procedure day!
DON’T exercise on the day of your appointment. While this may seem counter-intuitive, exercising right after injections can compromise your results.
DON’T exercise for two days after your procedure. Exercise increases blood flow and also physically nudges your tissues, which may move your fillers around.
DON’T touch or massage your treatment area after your procedure; this, too, can adjust the position of your fillers.
DON’T use dermal fillers if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients.
5. Price: The approximate cost for the procedure is between Rs 22,000 – Rs 25,000/-.
— The writer is a cosmetic surgeon.
Disclaimer: Always check with a cosmetic surgeon before going ahead with this procedure.