Ear lobe reduction overview

Earlobe reduction is an aesthetic surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the earlobe by reducing its size and reshaping it. 

Earlobe reduction is a popular procedure that can help individuals who are unhappy with the size or shape of their earlobes to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing look. It may also involve repairing a torn earlobe.

What is an earlobe reduction?

Earlobe reduction is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess tissue from the earlobe to reduce its size and reshape the earlobe. The procedure is typically performed under local anaesthesia or in combination with other more significant procedures under general anaesthesia. The procedure takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Dr. Honeybrook will discuss the specifics of the procedure with you during your consultation.

What are the benefits of an ear lobe reduction?

 The benefits of an earlobe reduction include:

  • Improved aesthetics: An earlobe reduction can improve the appearance of the earlobe, making it more proportionate to the rest of the face.
  • Increased self-confidence: Many individuals feel self-conscious about the appearance of their earlobes, and an earlobe reduction can help improve their self-confidence.
  • Comfortable wearing of earrings: Individuals with large earlobes may have difficulty finding earrings that fit properly. An earlobe reduction can help make wearing earrings more comfortable.

Who is a good candidate for an ear lobe reduction?

Individuals who are self-conscious about the appearance of their earlobes and want to improve the overall appearance of the ear may be good candidates for an earlobe reduction. Good candidates should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure. Dr. Honeybrook will evaluate each patient during their consultation to determine if they are a good candidate for the procedure.

How is an earlobe reduction performed?

During the procedure, Dr. Honeybrook will make a small incision in the earlobe and remove excess tissue to reduce its size. The incision is then closed using sutures, which will be removed approximately 5-7 days after the procedure. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis, and patients can return home the same day.

What is the recovery after an ear lobe reduction?

Following an earlobe reduction, patients can expect some swelling and bruising in the treated area. Dr. Honeybrook will provide specific post-operative instructions to help manage discomfort and promote healing. 

Patients should avoid strenuous activity for at least a week after the procedure and avoid sleeping on their side for the first few days. Most patients can return to work and resume normal activities within a few days after the procedure.

Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risk. These risks will be discussed with you in detail during the consultation. For further information on risks please refer to the patient resources section of the website.