If ear lobes are too large, can they be cut away to reduce size while also pinning back and/or reshaping the main ear?
Is It Possible to Reduce Ear Lobe Size?
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Earlobe reduction with otoplasty
Earlobe reduction may be performed on its own, usually in women with stretched-out earlobes from years of dangling earrings. This may be performed in two ways:
1. Marginal earlobe excision: The desired new earlobe contour is drawn on the earlobe, and the excess skin below this drawing is removed, creating a scar on the lower margin of the earlobe.
2. Wedge earlobe excision: A full-thickness triangle of excessive earlobe is removed, creating a vertical lobe scar.
Although these procedures can be performed in conjunction with otoplasty (ear pinning), usually otoplasty benefits simply require reduced projection of the earlobe from the head, rather than an actual earlobe reduction.
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Ear lobe reduction can be performed in an office setting
Ear lobes vary in size and dimension. Patients with enlarged or long ear lobes can benefit by a cosmetic procedure to reduce the size and dimensions of the earlobe. I usually perform these procedures in an office setting with local anesthesia or during a facelift procedure with general anesthesia. The size of the earlobe is important in determining the incision pattern and type of surgery.
Earlobe shortening and pinning
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Reduction of earlobes
Reduction of earlobes is a common procedure. This can be done alone, with otoplasty, or other facial procedures.. We usually take a wedge out of the earlobe and suture the clean edges to heal. The sutures usually stay in 10 days. At that time, we can re-pierce the ear if you desire. This is a simple procedure, and can be done in an office setting.
Ear lobe reduction
Earlobe reduction can be carried out as an isolated procedure or in conjuction with otoplasty surgery. Ear lobe reduction generally is carried out by wedge ear lobe excision or by marginal incision along the ear lobe rim. I generally use a C02 laser cutting device for precise bloodless excision. This is done in my private surgical facility. The procedure takes only 15 minutes a side. Small sutures are used to repair the ear lobe which either dissolve or are removed in one week.
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Ear lobe reduction and otoplasty
Ear lobe reduction and otoplasty may be done at the same time.
You may be a good candidate for this procedure. However you must consider the degree of “deformity” (your concern about the size of the ear lobe) against the potential complications that may arise after surgery. For example, depending on your skin type, you may end up with raised or pigmented scars that may bother you more than the initial earlobe size. Furthermore the scars may be difficult to treat/improve.
You may also end up with overly–reduced earlobes and/or earlobe asymmetry.
Make sure you consult with a well-trained/experienced/ethical plastic surgeon to address her concerns. Best wishes.
Ear lobe repair in Atlanta
Ear lobes can be reduced in size. There are different techniques depending on the earlobe, the number of piercings, and length of the earlobe. This procedure can be performed in the office under local anesthesia under 20 min or can be combined with other procedures such as otoplasty or facelift. Most individuals who need ear lobe repair are women who have long earlobes from many years of wearing heavy earrings or multiple earrings at one time. Others have traumatic ear lobe tears from having their earring catch on something and causing the tear. Some individuals have gauged ears that are stretched that need to be reconstructed.
Earlobes increase in length also as a result of volume loss within the earlobe itself. Sometimes, depending on the earlobe, it can be injected with a filler such as Restylane or Juvederm to 'inflate' the tissue to reposition it to where it was in youth.
Earlobe Reduction Surgery
As we age, various parts of our face and body sag, or as I like to say, “we are going South”. Earlobes are not immune to elongating with age. Men are bothered by this but women really despise the problem. Fortunately, it is a problem easily resolved. It is a very common “add-on” during facelift surgery. It can also be done under local anesthesia as an isolated procedure.
Earlobe reduction surgery is an option for patients with large earlobes
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