Earlobe Reduction Surgery
In the UK, Earlobe Reduction Surgery has been an up-and-coming trend in plastic surgery that has moved its way into the United States. Often times, the earlobes are overlooked, but reducing the size of torn or enlarged earlobes is a fairly quick procedure.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Antimarino offers both reduction of protruding ears as well as earlobe reduction surgery in Pittsburgh, PA. Earlobe reduction surgery differs from otoplasty in the sense that general ear surgery encompasses the treatment of overly large ears or protruding ears, while earlobe reduction is typically performed on patients that have experienced a tear or slit in the ears from wearing heavy or dangling earrings. Some younger patients seek ear repairs after years of stretching their earlobes out with wide gauges.
Kris Jenner, the matriarch of the Kardashian family, underwent earlobe reduction surgery on an episode of Keeping Up the Kardashian’s airing in January 2018. Kris said that all she wanted was “cute ears” noting, “I learned that your nose and your ears keep growing your whole life. I think that the decision to do something about my ever-changing ears is suddenly a priority.”
What Can I Expect from my Earlobe Reduction Surgery?
There are two possible techniques involved in earlobe reduction surgery.
- Edge excision involves drawing a line exactly marking the new desired earlobe size and shape. The outside tissue line is removed and the remaining edges are repaired.
- Wedge excision involves a vertical incision along the earlobe which leaves a vertical scar that may be more visible. This technique is popular for patients who want a torn earlobe, or attached earlobe repaired.
Surgery: The Earlobe Reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure, so you will be in and out of your surgery in one day – sometimes in less than an hour. It is performed under local anesthesia.
After Surgery: Most patients say that this procedure is not painful, but if you find a slight discomfort, taking Ibuprofen or Aspirin will help relieve it. Bandages are worn for less than 24 hours.
How to Prepare For an Earlobe Reduction Procedure
If you are weighing your options for your earlobe repair, you will want to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. Come with questions and make sure you fully understand the procedure before deciding on a surgeon. If you’re unsure of which doctor to choose, we’ve put together a surgeon checklist comparing surgeon’s credentials, your overall experience, and your emotional connection to the surgeon during your consultations.
If you cannot make a consultation at our Shadyside location, you can also schedule a consultation in Monroeville and Greensburg locations.
At Bellissimo Plastic Surgery and Medi Spa, we want to be your partner in defining you. If you are unhappy with the shape or appearance of your ears, consider an earlobe reduction. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Antimarino today to answer all of your surgical questions and for detailed discussions.
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Everyone deserves to feel confident from ear-to-ear and as one of Pittsburgh’s best board-certified plastic surgeons, it is our duty to help you feel that way. A consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Antimarino is an opportunity to ask questions and have a detailed discussion about a reconstructive earlobe procedure. With locations in Shadyside, Monroeville, Robinson, and Greensburg, it’s easy to schedule your private consultation or a virtual consultation with Bellissimo Plastic Surgery.