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Earlobe Reduction

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Earlobe reduction & reshaping

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The size of our earlobes is not something that most people are concerned about. However, for some individuals, the size of their earlobes can be bothersome.

If you are unhappy with the size or the shape of your earlobes, you can consider an earlobe reduction and reshaping procedure, which helps to correct your issues with the earlobes and other aesthetic concerns of the ears in the same procedure.

What is earlobe reduction?

Earlobe reduction is an outpatient procedure designed to correct large, drooping, sagging, or pendulous earlobes that many patients deem to be unattractive.

This procedure removes excess skin from the ear and reshapes it to the desired size and shape. 

What causes earlobe drooping?

The size of our earlobes is dependent on a few factors such as genetics and age. Wearing heavy earrings can also cause our earlobes to droop making you appear older than you are.

How does earlobe reduction work?

Depending on the problem, earlobes can be reduced with two types of procedures. Let’s take a look at these procedures.

Wedge technique
  • Horizontal and vertical wedge excision of excess skin is removed from the ear. The site of incision is closed giving the ear a new size and shape.
  • Suitable for earlobes that stick out in addition to being large.
  • Correction of prominent ears (otoplasty) can also be performed in the same procedure.

Peripheral edge technique
  • Peripheral edge or lower part of the ear is removed, and the incision is closed to give the ear a new size and shape.
  • Suitable for heavy drooping earlobes.
Reduction of heavy drooping earlobes.

Benefits of earlobe reduction

  • Smaller, aesthetically pleasing earlobes
  • Earlobes balanced with facial features
  • Youthful appearance of earlobes
  • Anatomical restoration of earlobes
  • Concealed, inconspicuous scar
  • Short, outpatient procedure

What should I expect before the procedure?

During your first consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss your preferred size, position, and type of procedure. Additionally, you will discuss on the following things:

Medical history

It is important to give honest answers with regards to your medical history. This allows your surgeon to make accurate and safe decisions with regards to the procedure. Inform your surgeon about any medications, surgeries, or allergies you have/had. You must also inform your surgeon if you have diabetes, circulatory problems, thyroid problems, and other health issues if any. 

Physical examination

Your surgeon will conduct a physical examination of your ears and help to identify any problem areas that can be treated with earlobe reduction. 

After this, you and your surgeon will discuss the options available and the possible results with each option. Once the treatment plan has been decided for you, your procedure will be booked. Before the procedure, you must:

  • Stop smoking: smoking reduces blood flow to the skin and hinders the healing process. It also increases your risk of tissue damage.
  • Stop some medications: medications such as aspirins and anti-inflammatory drugs are blood thinners which may increase bleeding during and after the procedure.

What should I expect during the procedure?

Earlobe reduction is conducted as an out-patient procedure, meaning you will not be required to stay overnight at the hospital if all goes well. Earlobe reduction should take approximately 90 minutes and involves the following steps:

Wedge technique
  • Your earlobe is marked to indicate the areas of incision.
  • Local anaesthesia is administered to your ear.
  • The marked wedge area of excess skin is removed.
  • Incision is closed with sutures.

Peripheral edge technique
  • The outer edge or lower part of your earlobe is marked to indicate the areas of incision.
  • Local anaesthesia is administered to your ear.
  • The marked outer edge of your earlobe is removed.
  • Incision is closed with sutures.

Dr. Andrew Cheah is able conceal the scar regardless of the chosen technique.

He will help you during consultation to find the best customised procedure for your needs.

All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. The procedure should be carried in a safe environment and in an accredited clinic. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome could occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.

who is a candidate

for Earlobe Reduction

Individuals with the following issues are suitable for earlobe reduction:

  • Large earlobes
  • Floppy earlobes with excess hanging skin
  • Cleft earlobes due to heavy earrings
  • Unbalanced earlobes 

Earlobe reduction surgery is not recommended for individuals with a history of keloids and patients with severe scarring. 

What to expect?

for Earlobe Reduction

  • You should expect some mild discomfort at your earlobes during healing.
  • They may also be swollen and bruised but this should go away on its own after a week.
  • A bandage is placed around your ears immediately after surgery and can be removed the next day. It is then replaced with a soft covering to protect the ears as they heal.
  • Most non-strenuous activity can be resumed the next day while strenuous activities can only be resumed after two to three weeks. 
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