Earlobe reduction

Earlobe reduction can alter the size of abnormally large, droopy or prominent earlobes. Designed to reshape or resize the earlobe to a more aesthetically pleasing proportion, earlobes can require reduction surgery due to their natural shape, size, or due to the natural ageing process. Earlobes tend to lengthen and become larger with age; reducing the earlobes so that they are proportionate to the size of the ear has a subtle but certain improvement in your facial appearance. While earlobe reductions are often performed at the same time as facial rejuvenation procedures – like facelifts – it can also be performed on its own under local anaesthesia.

What is involved in earlobe reduction surgery?

A full consultation prior to earlobe surgery should be undertaken. The procedure itself is usually undertaken under local anaesthetic and takes about 30 minutes ear earlobe. Dissolving sutures are placed following removal of excess tissue.

During earlobe reduction incisions are placed in the crease between the earlobe and cheek before a piece of redundant earlobe is removed. Once the surgeon is happy with the new shape and size of the earlobe and the remaining tissue is closed together to form a neat result, with minimal scarring. It is a fairly common procedure and can be performed at the time of a facelift or other cosmetic facial procedures.

What is the recovery like for earlobe reduction?

Unlike otoplasty, you will be able to leave shortly after surgery, providing there have been no complications. Generally you do not need to wear a head bandage but it is advisable to wear a sports headband at night to protect the surgical site. You are recommended to rest for a few hours post-surgery, with your head lying higher than the rest of your body to reduce any swelling and bleeding. Discomfort after surgery is not usually too distracting, but if necessary you can take simple painkillers. You can return to work within the week, although you must take care getting dressed so as not to damage the wound site and such until the earlobes have healed.

What risks and complications are associated with earlobe reduction?

This is a fairly simple procedure and has a relatively low set of complications. Like all surgical procedures, there are some risks you need to consider. Bleeding, swelling and the chance of infection are all factors that need careful consideration prior to surgery. There is also no guarantee of perfect symmetry, and as you continue to age so will your ears, and both factors should be made clear before opting for an earlobe reduction.

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