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49 years old
Dr. Inessa Fishman


This 49-year-old woman felt her earlobes were too long and wanted to reduce their size; she had felt uncomfortable with their length since being a teenager.  Our Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Fishman treated her with an earlobe reduction and earlobe re-piercing with the help of local anesthetic, or injectable numbing medicine, and hid her incision under the ear for greatest scar camouflage. Our patient is shown just 2 months after treatment, with a natural-appearing and balanced outcome and excellent healing.

Earlobe reduction (also known as a “lobe lift”) is a minor surgical procedure most commonly performed in our clinic with an injection of numbing medicine (also called local anesthesia) or as part of a bigger facial rejuvenation surgery, such as a facelift or necklift.  With the understanding that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, our facial plastic surgeon Dr. Fishman measures the ears and earlobes, and discusses ideal earlobe appearance, normal variation in earlobe symmetry, and scar placement as part of your initial consultation at our practice. Depending on your individual anatomy and aesthetic needs, Dr. Fishman hides the incision for earlobe reduction in the crease between the earlobe and the face, or places it at the lower border of the earlobe for best scar camouflage.

About Earlobe Reduction Procedure

Overly long earlobes can look disharmonious and can make a person appear older than they really are.  Too-long earlobes can also “drag down” the face, making it look overly long or heavy as well.  While genetics can contribute to overly long or prominent (stuck out) earlobes, some earlobes may stretch due to the use of heavy earrings, gauging, or trauma.  An earlobe reduction procedure can transform the stretched or too-long earlobe into a better formed, more pert lobe that is more harmonious with the rest of your facial features.  Our facial plastic surgeon Dr. Inessa Fishman commonly performs earlobe reduction as a standalone procedure, or in combination with earlobe repair or neck lift surgery.Learn More About Earlobe Reduction