We don’t care what they say, size DOES matter!

Get your minds out of the gutter, ladies. We’re talking about the size of your earrings. Oversized earrings make a great statement accessory, but they can cause serious damage to your earlobes. The weight causes the holes to stretch and can leave unsightly scars. In extreme cases, the lobe can even split.

Celebs like Alicia Keys, Beyoncé and Jessica Szohr—even our First Lady—have been spotted wearing shoulder-skimming pairs. Women outside of the limelight are big fans as well. So much so that surgeons have reported an increase in requests for reconstructive surgery from women whose ears have torn in two or sagged.

Some are also taking preemptive steps to strengthen their earlobes. In a procedure called earlobe rejuvenation, or a “lobe lift,” doctors inject a synthetic compound called Restylane, typically used for lip augmentation, to plump up the earlobes and make them stronger for up to one year.

The fact of the matter is that ears simply aren’t made to withstand such weight. As with anything else, moderation is key.

What price are you willing to pay for fashion? Would you ever get a “lobe lift”?

-Audra E. Lord

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  • sloane

    i love big earrings and honestly wear them everyday. i do try to keep my earlobes intact by taking them off as soon as i get home though.

  • I have stretched lobes so I’m alright..but if you tend to wear a lotta heavy earrings and your lobes have stretched a bit, you just need to wear the larger backings with the plastic circle on it. Got that tip from LukaLomi :D

  • Zy

    I don’t think it’s necessarily the size of the earrings as much as it’s the weight of the earrings that makes a difference. i’ve got plenty of large earrings that aren’t heavy at all, those are the types i wear most often. to work however, i just can’t rock my huge earrings, it’s not a good look. lol. i don’t wear earrings that bear down on my earlobes, they’re uncomfortable and they really don’t look good either…

  • it just seems really unnessary. theres so many large earrings that are not heavy at all

  • Isis

    Any earring that stretches my earlobe is too big for me. Slit looking earlobes make me squirm.