Even though the earlobes are very small, large or stretched-out lobes can draw attention and be out of balance with the rest of the face. Age and heavy earrings can also elongate earlobes. If your earlobes are abnormally large and out of proportion with the rest of your face, an earlobe reduction may be a great option for you. This simple and straightforward surgery can reshape and resize your earlobes while retaining their natural curved look. Here at Buckingham Center, we are pleased to offer earlobe reductions for patients in the Austin area. Dr. Edward Buckingham has performed many of these procedures and knows that even a small change, like a reduced earlobe, can make you look younger and help you feel more confident in your own skin.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Benefits of an Earlobe Reduction
The greatest benefit of an earlobe reduction is that it can transform the way a patient’s earlobes look and even improve their facial balance and aesthetics. The procedure makes earlobes smaller while improving their proportion to the rest of the face. With a simple procedure like an earlobe reduction, patients can get rejuvenate long, saggy earlobes and enjoy a more youthful appearance.
Patients who lead busy lives will be pleased to learn that earlobe reduction is a minimally-invasive procedure that requires very little downtime and will barely interfere with their normal activities. Earlobe reduction causes little pain or discomfort, a concern for many potential patients.
Most Common Reasons for Earlobe Reduction
There are several reasons why a patient may want or need an earlobe reduction. If they have worn heavy earrings for a significant number of years, they may have noticed that the earlobes have stretched the original ear piercing hole and lengthened or even split the lobe itself.
Some patients have intentionally stretched their earlobes through a process called gauging. Gauging is a type of body piercing that progressively increases the size of the earlobe hole in order to fit earrings that become increasingly larger. Many people who have stopped wearing gauged earrings eventually decide to repair their earlobes to minimize the stretched-out appearance.
In some cases, earlobes are suddenly damaged because of some type of trauma. Examples of this trauma include a sports injury or getting an earring caught by some clothing or a hairbrush. Parents may even experience damaged earlobes because of a young child tugging on them.
Regardless of the cause of an enlarged or damaged earlobe, patients are likely to feel insecure and may even experience some pain. Some patients may also be fearful of wearing earrings ever again. Fortunately, all of these issues can be resolved with a minimally invasive earlobe reduction or piercing repair.
Ideal Candidates for Earlobe Reduction
An earlobe reduction is ideal for men and women who are in good general health and would like to reduce the size of their earlobes or repair damage that occurred due to trauma, earrings, or aging. Patients should have realistic expectations for the procedure and understand the typical results of earlobe repair before moving forward.
What to Expect During an Earlobe Reduction Consultation
Patients who are concerned about the appearance of their earlobes should consider visiting our Austin-area facility for a private consultation. During the consultation, one of our surgeons will meet with the patient and evaluate the state of their earlobes to determine whether earlobe reduction or repair is a good option for their situation. Patients are encouraged to ask questions about the procedure and can view before-and-after pictures so that they get an idea of the type of results to expect.
The Earlobe Reduction Procedure
Earlobe reduction surgery can be completed in under 30 minutes per ear. In most cases, only local anesthesia is required for this procedure. Although patients may feel some light pressure on their ears, they should not expect any pain or discomfort.
Our surgeon will begin by making incisions into the crease between the earlobe and cheek. This way, the small scars will be concealed and almost invisible within the crease. Then, a small portion of the patient’s earlobe will be carefully cut away. Next, our surgeon will put the lobe back together while ensuring that its shape and size is proportional to the patient’s face.
To close the earlobe, the surgeon will use sutures, which will be removed in about five to seven days after the procedure. Patients should be able to leave our facility as soon as the earlobe reduction is complete.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Recovering From Earlobe Reduction
Since earlobe reduction is a fairly quick and simple procedure, recovery is also short and easy. Patients will need to elevate their head while sleeping to keep any swelling under control. Most patients resume work and their other duties in day or so.
Frequently Asked Questions About Earlobe Reduction
Can earlobe reduction repair the damage from gauges?
Many patients opt for earlobe reduction because they have stretched their earlobes with gauge piercings and no longer like the way they look. The good news is that earlobe reduction can correct the damage from gauges.
Does earlobe reduction lead to scarring?
Scars from earlobe reduction usually fade and become virtually invisible within the first year following the procedure. Applying sunscreen and wearing hats to limit sun exposure can reduce the risk of visible scarring.
Can ears be repierced after earlobe reduction?
Typically, yes. It is often possible for patients to get their earlobes pierced six weeks after earlobe reduction. However, patients with more extensive procedures due to gauged piercings or other reasons may need to wait until their earlobe has completely healed before re-piercing it.
What are the risks of earlobe reduction?
Since earlobe reduction is a surgical procedure, complications are a possibility. Some of the most common risks include infection, scar formation, and notching. Fortunately, these risks are rare when the surgery is performed by a skilled surgeon at the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery.
Can I exercise after earlobe reduction?
We understand that many patients who undergo earlobe reduction lead busy lives. However, we encourage them to avoid strenuous exercise for 48 hours after the procedure. This minimizes the risk of pain and bleeding.
When can I shower after earlobe reduction?
Patients may shower the day after earlobe reduction. However, if they choose to, they should practice common sense. We suggest using a gentle baby shampoo and refrain from scrubbing the surgical area.
Are there ways to protect the earlobes after undergoing earlobe reduction?
After earlobe reduction, there are certain strategies that can help patients keep their earlobes in good shape. These strategies include piercing their ears in a new location, opting for lightweight or stud earrings, and avoiding dangling or large hoop earrings, especially around children.
Why do earlobes stretch over time?
Some patients come to our facility and are unsure of why their earlobes are longer now than they were 20 years ago. The truth is that the earlobes, just like other tissues, can stretch out and sag over time due to normal aging. Even patients who have never worn earrings can expect to see some stretching in their earlobes.
Why Choose Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery
If you’re in search of the best facility for an earlobe reduction in the Austin area, you can’t go wrong with Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Buckingham is highly skilled at this particular procedure and has seen it do wonders for men and women from all walks of life.
From the moment you visit us for your private consultation to the follow-up appointment, you can depend on the highest quality service and individualized attention you deserve. Our surgeons are dedicated to working with you to achieve the aesthetic results you’re hoping for.
Schedule an Earlobe Reduction Consultation Today
For more information about earlobe reduction, don’t hesitate to schedule an earlobe reduction consultation at Buckingham Center in Austin, TX today. We look forward to meeting you and learning more about how we can help you look and feel better. Call us at 512-401-2500 or fill out our online contact form today.