Earlobe reduction is a common surgical procedure that is performed to correct large, pendulous earlobes that many patients find unattractive. This can be a hereditary condition or as in some cases, drooping earlobes can be caused by aging.
For many men and women, the earlobes are not really noticed unless they like to wear earrings which typically draws attention to their ears. Earrings can get caught on clothing, accidents can occur and cause the earlobes to rip, and the weight of heavier earrings can cause the earlobe to stretch and hang lower. As we continue age, this hanging, drooping earlobe, as well as earlobe rips and defects become more visible and unsightly to become an aesthetic nuisance.
Patients who were once unhappy with their hanging earlobes have been coming to see Dr. Andrew Jacono for this corrective procedure. Dr. Jacono performs earlobe correction surgery in both his Long Island and New York City surgical centers and has a high rate of success.
Earlobe reduction surgery is used for the following:
- Earlobes that are too large
- Floppy earlobes that have excess hanging skin
- During a facelift procedure to re-anchor the earlobe
Earlobe Reduction Techniques
There are several techniques that can be used for earlobe reduction but the two most commonly performed are the wedge reduction method and the peripheral margin reduction method.
Earlobe Reduction Before and After Patient 1: This young female patient was unhappy with the size and shape of her earlobe. Dr. Jacono performed an earlobe reduction procedure to correct this aesthetic issue and you can see in her after photo an earlobe that is slightly smaller and better balanced to her facial profile.
The wedge reduction method is done under local anesthesia and heals with very minimal scarring. The procedure begins with marking the earlobe in a geometric shape that is to be removed and is then injected with local anesthesia. Dr. Jacono will then remove the excess earlobe tissue and closes the incision with stitches.
The peripheral margin reduction method involves outlining the bottom of the earlobe to the new desired length and then trimming off the unwanted, excess amount. This procedure begins the same as the wedge method with the outlining first and then a local anesthesia used to numb the earlobe. Dr. Jacono places the incision on the medial surface or at the inferior border which is designed to hide the scar. Stitches are then used to complete the procedure.
There are no real complications associated with either technique and each is performed based on what the surgical expectations and outcome is desired. In some cases, Dr. Jacono may use CO2 laser resurfacing to help smooth out and blend the scar.
Earlobe Reduction Before and After Patient 2: This female patient was unhappy with the length and droopiness of her earlobe. An earlobe reduction surgery was performed by Dr. Jacono to reduce the overall size and shape. Her after photo shows a smaller and more feminine earlobe.
Earlobe Reduction Recovery
The surgery itself should take roughly 30 minutes and no time should be required to be missed from work. There will be some residual swelling that may last up to a week but will subside on its own. A follow up appointment will be scheduled before you leave the surgical center. Dr. Jacono likes to see his earlobe patients a few days after the surgery to ensure it is healing properly and to remove the stitches when necessary.
Earlobe Reduction Before and After Patient 3: Unhappy with the length and sagging of her earlobes, this female patient consulted with Dr. Jacono to reduce the overall size and shape of her ear. Dr. Jacono performed an ear lobe reduction procedure which reduced the size of her earlobe and it is now better proportioned to her facial harmony.
Earlobe Reduction Consultation
There are many factors that can determine what makes an ear or earlobe beautiful. Some factors include: size, position, and how they look within the framework of each patient's facial features.
The first step in deciding if this surgical procedure is right for you, it is best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jacono so that you can discuss your expectations and desired surgical goals. During the consultation, Dr. Jacono will determine if an earlobe reduction surgery is the best option and which method he will use.
To learn more about earlobe reduction surgery or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jacono, it is best to call his New York office at 212-570-2500 or his Long Island office at 561-773-4646. You can also complete an online consultation form and one of his patient care coordinators will help you to schedule your appointment.