Earlobe Reduction

Genetics can contribute to overly long or prominent (stuck out) earlobes. Some earlobes may stretch to the use of heavy earrings.

BENEFITS OF EARLOBE REDUCTION

  • Earlobe reduction is a short, minor surgical procedure that has little to no downtime.
  • Earlobe reduction reduces the size of an overly large, prominent, or stretched earlobe.

CANDIDATES FOR EARLOBE REPAIR

Good candidates for earlobe repair are men, women, and children with overly long or prominent earlobes who desire improvement in the appearance of the earlobes. Patients should be in good health and have mature, realistic expectation of treatment.

EARLOBE REDUCTION: TREATMENT DETAILS

Earlobe reduction is a minor surgical procedure most commonly performed in the office with an injection of numbing medicine (local anesthesia) or as part of facial rejuvenation surgery, such as a facelift or necklift. 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 at the lower border of the earlobe.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW PAINFUL IS EARLOBE REDUCTION?

Earlobe reduction surgery is performed under local anesthesia (an injection of numbing medicine). This injection stings for 15-30 seconds, very much like an injection of numbing medication at the dentist’s office. After the earlobe is numbed, most patients report no discomfort and only slight tugging and pressure during the earlobe reduction procedure. After the repair, most patients describe a mild soreness, and commonly do not require any pain medication.

If Dr. Fishman performs earlobe reduction as part of a facelift or neck lift procedure, she prefers the patient receive general anesthesia (go to sleep for surgery).

WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS OF EARLOBE REDUCTION?

Most common side effects include temporary mild swelling, bruising, and discomfort of the earlobes. The risks of this procedure are rare and include bleeding, bruising, infection, and need for revision.

WILL INSURANCE PAY FOR EARLOBE REDUCTION?

Earlobe reduction is a cosmetic procedure and is not typically covered by insurance. At Aviva Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, we offer financing options for the procedure. Please inquire about this at the time of your consultation.