I Am 22 Years Old with 2 Cm Earlobes They Are Not Really Big but I Would Love to Reduce Them a Bit Though How Bad Can This Be

I am 22 years old male with 2 cm earlobes. they are not really big but i would love to reduce them a bit though. How bad can this be? and could the doctor refuse to do this surgery in this case ?

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Earlobe reduction surgery: edge or wedge?

I perform earlobe reduction surgery quite frequently.  The procedure is performed with local anesthesia (lidocaine) in the office and takes about 45 minutes per ear.  There are two possible techniques:

1. Edge excision: This is the usual procedure.  It involves drawing a line exactly marking the new desired earlobe size and shape.  All tissue outside this line is removed, and the remaining skin edges are repaired, leaving a scar along the edge of the earlobe (facing neither forward nor backward) where it is generally well-concealed.  Internal sutures dissolve on their own.  The external sutures are removed about 2 weeks later.  

2. Wedge excision: This involves a vertical incision along the earlobe, leaving a vertical scar that may be more visible.  It is useful for patients who are interested in simultaneous repair of a torn earlobe or who have an attached earlobe (meaning that there is no skin hanging below the ear-cheek junction).  Suture management is the same as above.

All bandages are present for less than 24 hours.  If desired, the earlobes may be repierced at the same time. Cost for earlobe reduction is $700 per earlobe, as this is a much more involved procedure than simple earlobe repair.

Plano Plastic Surgeon
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Earlobe reduction: easy to do

#Earlobereduction surgery as requested five patients who have extensively large earlobes that may be large from family traits, aging, the use of very large earrings or plugs, or previous facial surgery.

Generally these procedures are performed under local anesthetic and require 15 to 30 minutes depending upon how complex the particular case is.

How long does it take to heal
Early healing occurs in the first week. Scars are generally well hidden and may have a small amount of redness and that persists for several months. This can be treated with scar creams and laser. Re-piercing can be done 3 to 6 weeks after surgery

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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I Am 22 Years Old with 2 Cm Earlobes They Are Not Really Big but I Would Love to Reduce Them a Bit Though How Bad Can This Be

Ear lobe reduction is a very common procedure. Although you don't require a large change, it will be important to understand that there will be scars. Please work with your board-certified plastic surgeon to address where the scars will end up in your final outcome. These procedures can be done under local anesthesia in the office setting and generally come with a very high satisfaction rate. I wish you all the best.

Garrett A. Wirth, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Ear lobe reduction

Ear lobe reduction is a relatively straightforward procedure, which can be performed easily under local anesthesia alone in the surgeon's office. Make sure to discuss with your surgeon exactly which incision plan will be used; there are several choices, each with their own unique benefits and drawbacks.

Laxmeesh Mike Nayak, MD
Saint Louis Facial Plastic Surgeon
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2 cm earlobes and desire for reduction

There are some norms out there. The earlobe should be about 1.5 long at maximum.  The base should be about 1 cm and it should hang about 0.5cm. This procedure is not a big deal and could be done just under local anesthesia in a minimally invasive way.  Below is a video to illustrate our answer better. We have other informative videos and information on our website and a link is included to help you find us.

Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Earlobe Reduction

Earlobe reduction is a common procedure typically done in the office with minimal down time and scarring.  Find a surgeon who performs this regularly and discuss the procedure, risks and benefits, in more detail.  Good luck!

Hannah Vargas, MD
Kansas City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Earlobe reduction

Actually, there are several clever ways to reduce the size of earlobes.  Usually, this type of surgery can be done under local anesthesia in an office setting with basically no down time.  The resulting scars from such procedures are usually minimal.

Edwin C. Pound, III, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Ear lobe reduction

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.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Many ways to reduce an earlobe

As mentioned, you can certainly have this procedure done.  Your surgeon should guide you through the different ways this can be achieved and the anticipated scar that will result from this.  This way, you should be aware of what kind of result you should achieve in terms of how much smaller your lobe will be and the scar that will result from this.  Please understand that the risks are real and do happen with this procedure.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
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Ear lobe reduction


Ear lobe reduction is a straight forward  procedure when done properly.  It is performed under local anesthesia in most cases.  It is not covered by insurance since it is considered cosmetic.  In your case a simple excision with the final incision line hidden would suffice.

All the best,

Dr Repta

Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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