Most people don’t think much about earlobes. But, if you think about yours a lot with unhappiness about their appearance, an earlobe procedure might be for you. This trending procedure can repair and reduce earlobes that are stretched, damaged, or disproportional due to age, genetics, or years of earring use. If you thought covering them up was the only option, here’s what you need to know about earlobe reductions and repairs.

What can it treat?

This procedure can repair damaged earlobes that are the result of long-term wear of gauges or heavy earrings, causing tearing or large holes. It can also reduce the size of earlobes that are flat or stretched due to aging, or overly large due to genetics. No matter the cause, this procedure can restore the earlobes to an aesthetically pleasing, harmonious appearance that is in balance with the rest of the face.

How does it work?

While otoplasty can reduce the overall size of the ear and pin it back into an unobtrusive position, this procedure simply removes a wedge of skin in the earlobe and sutures it back together. While it might seem that easy, it’s important to find a Board-Certified plastic surgeon who can choose the best course of action for your procedure that will result in minimal scarring and maximum results. There’s no objective size or shape that makes up a pleasing earlobe, so it will be up to your surgeon to use his artistic eye to determine what looks best for you.

What about recovery?

Surprisingly, this procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis and requires very little downtime. While there might be some pain as the incisions and sutures heal, recovery only takes a few weeks— and the results are immediate. Your new earlobes can even be re-pierced relatively soon after the procedure.

Earlobes might not seem like much, but to those who struggle with embarrassment and self-consciousness because of damaged or large earlobes, an earlobe repair or reduction procedure can be life-changing. If you have more questions about this procedure and would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Trupiano, contact our office at 248-220-3310 or request an appointment online.