Earlobe Reduction & Reshaping

What is earlobe reduction and reshaping surgery?

Earlobe reduction and reshaping are performed to aesthetically augment, restore, reconstruct, and modify the lobe of the ear and its cartilage — with the aim of creating an external ear that is natural looking in proportions, contour, and appearance.

Enlarged or elongated earlobes are a natural part of the aging process as the cartilage of the ears continues to grow as we get older. Gravity over time also causes earlobes to sag, stretch, and enlarge. Shortening and reshaping elongated lobes create a more aesthetically pleasing and youthful appearance by restoring natural proportion to the ears. This produces a subtle but noticeable aesthetic improvement to your overall facial appearance. Earlobe surgery may also be used to correct disfiguration due to ear tearing, trauma, or piercing, including stretching due to the insertion of ear gauges.

How is earlobe surgery performed?

The procedure is typically performed in the operating room, or as part of a longer procedure such as a facelift or pan facial rejuvenation. The surgery involves a combination of moving, reshaping, adding, or removing the ear’s structural elements. Sutures are used to reconnect and reshape the lobe to an appealing shape and size. Only very tiny scars will result, but they are hardly noticeable. Reduction of the lobes can be done independently as a stand-alone procedure, or as part of more extensive otoplasty (ear surgery).

Who is the ideal candidate for earlobe surgery?

Earlobe reduction and reshaping is a versatile procedure that can ease a variety of aesthetic concerns for both men and women. Enlarged ear lobes are often a part of the aging process, and, therefore, many individuals desire correction as they age.

Cartilage of the ears continues to grow as we age. Gravity over time also causes earlobes to potentially sag, stretch, and enlarge, creating a condition commonly called “megalobe” — which may be hereditary or, in some cases, is a result of aging. Large, pendulous earlobes often seem unattractive to many of our patients, therefore shortening and reshaping elongated lobes creates a more aesthetically pleasing and youthful appearance.

Will there be any post-operative scarring on the ears?

Minimal scarring may occur, but it is hardly perceptible. The wound(s) are closed with either dissolvable sutures, or sutures that are removed after the wounds have healed.