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    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


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    Duh - like no one knew this already?
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    has carried out more than half a dozen earlobe repair procedures
    Wow, that's, like...six! At least.

    It's an epidemic.



    I never wear earrings because I'm afraid they'll catch on something and rip off half my ear. I also never wear rings, for fear of ripping off the skin of my finger.

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    You'd have to be pretty dumb to wear heavy earrings. Of course it's going to hurt your earlobes. Should be careful when holding babies too. A little grabbing hand can hurt you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelais View Post
    Duh - like no one knew this already?
    Considering the amount of stupids out there, you will be surprised some people
    have no clue about simple things like this....
    I have a friend that wears heavy earrings and i tell her the damage that can be
    done but she tells me it looks great and it's trendy so she doesn't mind to make
    a little bit of sacrifice...
    all i can say is you can't argue with stupid...

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    My mom's earlobes suffered through the 80's and you can definitely tell. Granted they were probably more stretched out when I was younger, right after huge earrings were all the rage.. but if she wanted to, she could stretch her lobes out and you could see through them. It should be common sense that hanging heavy shit from a hole in your body will only stretch that hole out.

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    Who the hell, in their right mind, would wear the earrings that model is wearing. Fashion designers are so dumb and impractical.

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    I have a few friends whose earlobes sag down because they've worn such heavy earrings for so long that they've permanently screwed up their ears. It's not pretty.

    I prefer wearing studs, and when I do wear dangly earrings, they are lightweight.

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    Duh.
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    It's been over 20 years since I had my ears pierced and even waaaaay back then my mum warned me against heavy earrings. Not that it was a problem anyway as my usual taste runs to small earrings anyway, and on the odd occasion I have tried wearing large or long and dangly earrings they have annoyed the shit out of me by catching in my long hair.

    The solution to this problem is simple, anyway. Either don't wear them or, if you really must, find a clip on alternative to pierced.

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    My sister actually had someone rip the earring out of her ear and her earlobe is split, has been for years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glitter View Post
    My sister actually had someone rip the earring out of her ear and her earlobe is split, has been for years.

    Both of my lobes split when I was younger, at separate times. Each time, my mom took a band-aid to them. Both healed nicely fused together and I had them re-pierced. You can see scars still.

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    All dangly earrings can be light-weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charmed Hour View Post
    Both of my lobes split when I was younger, at separate times. Each time, my mom took a band-aid to them. Both healed nicely fused together and I had them re-pierced. You can see scars still.
    My sister had her earring ripped out by a toddler she was babysitting. Talk about bratty!
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    I don't see how this is any more stupid than getting your ears gauged.
    I'll pass on both trends!

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