Earlobe Reduction

Throughout cultures, earlobes are used to enhance one’s beauty and appearance by wearing earrings or earlobe tunnels. Over time a piercing can stretch from wearing heavy jewellery, or in the case of intentional ear stretching, the stretching of the earlobe occurs as the size of the inside increases. On occasion, an earlobe can tear or, once the earlobe tunnel is removed a big hole is left with a sagging roll of skin. Both can lead to discomfort and self-consciousness, as well as the inability to wear earrings.

The Earlobe Repair Surgery can restore the original shape of your earlobes and make sure that your earlobes are in proportion to the rest of your face.

The Earlobe Repair Surgery is performed under local anaesthesia as an outpatient procedure. There are various surgical techniques, and the method is chosen based on your individual case. The earlobe is marked before a very small injection of local anaesthesia is injected into the earlobe. The tissue is then repositioned, or a long roll of overstretched skin is resected (cut away), after which fine sutures are placed to reconstruct the earlobe. A small tape dressing is applied and you are able to leave the clinic immediately after.

Common to all surgical procedures there are always risks associated with surgery. However, complications are uncommon. Mild discomfort is expected for the first 3 – 5 days. Bruising is uncommon and may take 7 to 10 days to resolve, while major bleeding is rare. Infection is infrequent (less than 0.5%) and will require a course of appropriate antibiotics. Hypertrophic or keloid scarring is also rare but will require specific treatments to reduce the scarring.

Earlobe Reduction Surgery tends to heal without much discomfort. Icing and pain medication is necessary for 1-2 days. Keeping the head elevated for 3 nights is also recommended. Antibiotic ointment is used as dressing along with a band-aid.