Can a detached earlobe become a attached earlobe or make the earlobe smaller?

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Can a detached earlobe become a attached earlobe or make the earlobe smaller?

Surgery for the earlobe can be a cosmetic of reconstructive plastic surgery procedure performed to restore or revise the appearance of earlobes (one or both)  This is done for earlobes that have been injured or stretch due to ear tearing, trauma, or piercing, including the insertion of ear gauges (or can be done, as you asked, to simply change the appearance). This can also be called earlobe reconstructive surgery or split earlobe repair.  If it is done for cosmetic reasons, it will not be covered by insurance.


Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Can a detached earlobe become a attached earlobe or make the earlobe smaller?

It is certainly possible to make a detached ear attached; there are a variety of methods to reduce earlobe size but for both options it would be important that you are seen by a plastic surgeon  experienced in ear profile surgery to make sure you achieve the best possible and natural looking aesthetic outcome.

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Tariq Ahmad, MBBChir, FRCS(Plast)
London Plastic Surgeon
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Earlobe surgery

Both options are possible through a variety of surgical techniques. You should come in contact with a board certified plastic surgeon in your region for a consultation.Best of luck!

Ioannis Gkotsikas, MD
Greece Plastic Surgeon

Can a detached earlobe become a attached earlobe or make the earlobe smaller?

Best to submit photographs with your next post but generally speaking, there are a variety of techniques available to improve the aesthetics of ear lobes. Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Can a detached earlobe become a attached earlobe or make the earlobe smaller?

Thank you for your question. Without pictures or an exam, it can be hard to answer your question in particular. But broadly speaking, yes, there are many surgical options to repair earlobe deformity. See a board certified plastic surgeon in your area for an exam and to discuss options. Good luck!

Dallas Buchanan, MD
Spokane Plastic Surgeon
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