Ear Ridge Implants

An alternative to the various ear pointing procedures that can give a person an entirely different sort of anatomical self-expression is using an implant to augment the outer helix ridge/fold of the ear. In this example, Pablo Perelmuter (pabloperelmuter.com) of Buenos Aires, has placed a what looks like a set of four beads but is actually a single 6mm silicone bead string manufactured by Steve Haworth — using a single piece like this ensures there will be no shifting and the placement will stay perfectly spaced (and they’re quite soft and don’t tend to bother the wearer even in such sensitive placements). Pablo says that the procedure went well, although it became quite swollen initially. These healed pictures were taken at eight months.

Edit/Update: I should add that this implant ended up being removed two years later, because the person it’s on was in nursing school and had some concerns it could affect their career options negatively. The removal procedure was fast and simple. I really hope that people considering body modification procedure always have an “exit strategy”, because it’s quite common for life to change and for one to find oneself needing to “normalize” ones appearance — this is one of the reasons I worry so much when I see teenagers getting irreversible and socially daring procedures like eye tattoos.

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10 thoughts on “Ear Ridge Implants

  1. different, looks a little pale on the top, an update in a years/2 years time and see if they are still inplace

  2. i have done some of these over the last few years. i did my wife’s about 2 years ago and they still look amazing with no shifting. i will post an updated pic next week.

  3. Hello, this is my ear. After 2 years I thought it best to remove the implants because I am studying nursing and I intend to invest in the work in surgical center. It was a very quick procedure and healing quiet, the only thing that bothered me (even as jewelry silicone) was to fight. this time it hurts a little.

  4. Rebecca Davis, Shane Von Ranniger’s wife, has some in her helix as well. From what Shane told me, they are going to keep an eye on them as he wasn’t sure what the life expectancy would be with so much pressure on such thin skin. You should talk to her about them, Shannon.

  5. bythesea – That skin looks totally normal and healthy to me, I’m not sure what you’re seeing… As you know this one did end up being removed (for social reasons, not due to any problems), but I’ve seen others last long term.

  6. I just had a single 6mm silicone pearl placed on top of each of my ears as an alternative to pointing. Fingers crossed they heal well.

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