For fuck's sake, what next!?
Long, heavy earrings, growing in popularity after endorsements from leading fashion designers risk causing permanent damage to their wearers, doctors have warned
Cosmetic surgeons have reported a rise in the demand for earlobe-correcting procedures which they attribute to the trend for ever more ornate jewellery.
American designer Zac Posen recently showcased a range of earrings so long that they wound round the neck.
And Louis Vuitton, the French fashion house, has produced a 6in wood and resin pair known as "Madmax" for £580.
The fashion for dangly earrings - some up to six inches long - was even followed by Michelle Obama when she attended the presidential inauguration balls.
But plastic surgeons have already seen the damaging effect some earrings can have and say they are expecting even more women to turn to them for help.
The soft flesh of the earlobe cannot cope with the weight of the jewellery, which can lead to excessive sagging and cause the piercing holes to elongate.
In extreme cases the lobe can even split in two.
The operation to stitch it back together takes about 20 minutes under local anaesthetic and costs about £300 an ear. The patient can have her ears repierced after about six weeks. James McDiarmid, a consultant plastic surgeon based in Plymouth and Cheltenham, has carried out more than half a dozen earlobe repair procedures. He said: "Women are being damaged by fashion earrings. Usually we can refreshen the edges and put them back together and repair the ear front and back.
"It is not just splitting. The lobes swell and they have lumps the size of a marble that look like dumb bells on either side of the lobe."
Surgeons have reported that some women are even asking surgery to strengthen their ears in preparation for the earring trend.
Some doctors inject a synthetic compound called Restylane, usually used for lip augmentation, to plump up the earlobes and make them stronger.
David Gault, a London-based plastic surgeon who specialises in ear reconstruction, said: "Pre-emptive operations could be done in the future using cartilage from within the ear and putting it on the lobe to strengthen it."
Heavy earrings 'damaging ears' - Telegraph