Earlobe Repair or Reduction

Earlobe repair or reduction improves the appearance of large or hanging earlobes that can occur naturally or due to injury or jewelry use. This procedure creates a smooth, proportionate earlobe.

Is Earlobe Surgery right for you ?

Pre and Post Operative Instructions

There are a variety of reasons that patients consider earlobe surgery. Some of the concerns addressed include:

Enlarged earlobes due to a congenital condition or intentional earlobe stretching

Earlobes that have become torn or damaged due to heavy earrings or other injuries

Earlobes that are distinctly different in size or shape

Lobes that are cleft or completely torn, affecting the appearance of the ear

Inability to wear earrings due to damage to the lobes

This procedure is typically recommended for patients who do not have a history of keloid formation. This type of raised scar commonly appears on and around the ears and can grow quite unsightly. If you have experienced keloid scarring in the past, your surgeon will discuss that history with you to determine whether there is a way to correct your lobes and minimize your risk for keloids.


Before the surgery

Barrett Plastic Surgery matches each patient with a concierge to guide them through the entire consultation process, which can be attended in person or virtually. During this consultation, the surgeon will learn the patient’s goals, answer any questions, and perform an examination to create the surgical plan. The surgical coordinator then walks the patient through each step of the preoperative process.

Preoperative preparation may include
Stop smoking
Fill prescriptions
Stop taking medications and supplements that exacerbate bleeding
Plan time away from work, childcare, and pet care for recovery.
Find a family member or friend to bring you home and assist you after surgery.

During the surgery

Surgeons perform earlobe surgery in two different ways. One technique involves excising a small wedge from the lobe so the edges can be stitched together, creating a more attractive shape. The other option is removing the lower portion of the lobe using an incision at the bottom of the ear that ensures scarring after surgery is virtually unnoticeable. To close the incisions, the surgeon uses a unique layered suturing technique that minimizes tension during the healing process and allows minimal scarring. 

Surgery duration
1 hour

After the surgery

Soreness and swelling are typical for a few days following earlobe surgery. Your surgeon will provide detailed postoperative instructions and closely monitor your healing and recovery in the weeks and months following surgery. 

1 week
Healing time
6 weeks
Scar Management Protocol
Taping for 6 weeks then scar gel.
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