Ear Surgery to Reduce Earlobe Size?

I have large ears and earlobes. I know the ear pinning would take care of most of the protrusion problem, and thus make my ears look smaller. But is anything done with the earlobes? Also, if this is possible, how much would it cost?

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Earlobe Reduction to Reduce Size of Ears

Earlobe surgery is what is necessary to reduce the size of the ear lobes. Otoplasty is a separate procedure that is performed to set the ears backwards.   An earlobe reduction can be performed alone or as a combined procedure, something I commonly perform with facelift surgery.  When performed alone I do this in the office under local anesthesia.

Boca Raton Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Reducing the size of earlobes

Large earlobes are not fixed by a standard otoplasty. Some particular proceedure must be specifically designed to address this problem. Earlobe size can be reduced and made more pleasing aesthetically but unlike otoplasty the scars cannot always be hidden. The proceedure is almost always done under local anesthesia in under 1 hour and cost is about  2000$

Richard Galitz, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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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.

Ronald Friedman, MD
Plano Plastic Surgeon
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Pinnaplasty and lobe reduction

Ear lobe reduction can be performed by removing excess tissue. It is possible to have this done at the same time as your pinnaplasty. Usually, the cost for otoplasty refers to any surgical correction you perform on the ear, so your pinnaplasty and lobe reduction would most likely be covered.

Michael Constantin Gartner, DO
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
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Enlarged ear lobes can either be genetic or the result of aging.

It is possible to reduce the size of earlobes under local anesthesia.  The healing time is 1 week.  The scar heals extremely well and fades over a number a months.

Leila Kasrai, MD, FRCSC
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Earlobe Reductions in an Otoplasty Can Be Important

I am currently writing a chapter entitled Balanced Otoplasty for a book on Otoplasty.  I can say that the earlobe is something that is unfortunately oftentimes completely forgotten.  Since the upper and mid poles of the ear are set back (that is where the cartilage is), the lobe can actually stick out even farther and look off especially if the upper and mid poles are tucked too far back, as actually I see some of the results on this Web site indicate.  

there are several ways to reduce the earlobe without scarring placed in the front of the ear.  if it is just protruding, tacking the bottom portion of the cartilage known as the cauda helicis back to the conchal bowl is the best way in most cases because it is quite reliable and predictable. however, also, you can do what is known as a V-Y advancement that can reduce the physical soft tissue and further tack the ear back.  Beyond that, a starplasty would unfortunately leave some incisions on the front side of the lobe, something that I always try to avoid and would only perform in aging earlobes with perhaps a torn earlobe and with proper consent.

Sam Lam, MD, FACS
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Youthful Ear Lobes by Ear Lobe Reduction

Elongated ear lobes  are frequently associated with aging.  Treatment of the aged ear lobe is a relatively straight forward office procedure performed using a local injection anesthetic.  The cost will vary among clinics and experience for our office the charge is $500.  For those individuals who also have prominent ears and are considering undergoing otoplasty it is very common for the ear lobe to be flared or rotated forward almost lying horizontal rather than hanging vertical.  This can give the ear a more prominent appearance in addition to many other factors.   When otoplasty is performed it is common to remove a small piece of cartilage which corrects this deformity.

Christopher Tolan, MD
Saint Paul Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Can I Reduce Ear and Earlobe Size?

Yes, depending upon the particulars of your ear problems there are a number of techniques for improving the shape and size of your ears and earlobes

The cost will vary widely depending upon what otoplasty, earlobe or ear reconstruction procedure is being done. 

Therefore a consultation is needed so that after evaluation a discussion of your options can be conducted.

Fredrick A. Valauri, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon

Otoplasty can reduce the ear lobe and ear size

Reshaping the ear can improve the appearance of the ear.  There are many good techniques to reduce ear lobe size or reduce the size of the ear. However , after successful repositioning of the ear and recreation of the natural curves of the ear, the ear lobe may be in balance with the rest of the ear and not require reduction.

Robert Mounsey, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Otoplasty and Earlobe Reduction

Otoplasty can be combined with an earlobe reduction at the time of surgery or thereafter in clinic. Earlobe reduction is an outpatient procedure and is often performed in the office. Scars should be hidden along the preauricular skin crease.

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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