Earlobe reduction, also called lobuloplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to reduce and reshape the earlobes. Both men and women may seek this surgery for a number of reasons related to large, asymmetrical, or otherwise misshapen earlobes. The process alters the appearance of the earlobes, reducing and restructuring the tissue, with the aim of bringing the ears in proportion to the rest of the face.
Dr Bish Soliman carefully designs each surgical plan to employ techniques suited to the individual patient. Book your consultation to find out more about lobuloplasty surgery.
Lobuloplasty Who is a good candidate?
Good candidates for this surgery are usually men or women who are concerned about large or misshapen earlobes. During your preliminary consultation, we will discuss your medical history, any current medications you are taking, as well as what you hope to achieve from the surgery. We will also assess the condition of your earlobes to determine the best way to approach your individual procedure.
Ideal candidates for earlobe reduction (lobuloplasty) are usually in good physical health. If you are in good physical health and are seeking to rectify dilated piercings, hereditary earlobe deformities, or naturally large earlobes, you could be a candidate for this procedure.
Lobuloplasty Common reasons for surgery
Misshapen or enlarged earlobes can be a result of biology or environmental factors. While some patients seek earlobe reduction (lobuloplasty) to address naturally large earlobes, others desire the procedure to correct stretching or breakage caused by heavy earrings, stretchers, or injury. The surgery is designed to address:
- Uneven earlobes
- Hanging or torn lobes
- Earlobe deformities
- Naturally elongated or prominent lobes
Earlobe reduction surgery (lobuloplasty) can address these issues, in accordance with the patient’s specific aesthetic concerns. However, patients should not that different outcomes will result from each surgery, based on individual features and treatment plans. This means it is important to discuss your expectations with Dr Bish beforehand.
Your personal consultation
Before your procedure, get personalised guidance from highly skilled Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Bish Soliman. With years of experience, he will tailor your treatment for your body, health, and ideal outcomes. Book your personal consultation to receive:
- In-depth information about your desired procedure
- Personalised advice from Dr Soliman
- A customised treatment plan tailored to your needs
Lobuloplasty The procedure
For many earlobe reduction (lobuloplasty) patients, the surgery can be performed using local anaesthesia in the office. Once the area is numb, Dr Bish will begin making careful incisions, usually at the bottom of the earlobe.
Depending on the requirements of your specific surgery, Dr Bish may remove extra tissue from the earlobe. The procedure can address both the width and/or length of the earlobe. Consequently, if your earlobe is particularly wide, incisions will be made in a wedge shape and the corners brought together to achieve a slimmer appearance. Dr Bish will apply specific techniques for your earlobe shape and preferred outcome, manipulating the skin and tissue.
Afterwards, Dr Bish will close the incisions carefully. Depending on the complexity of your surgery, you can expect it to take 30 minutes to one hour.
Lobuloplasty Aftercare and risks
After your earlobe reduction surgery, Dr Bish will give you aftercare instructions to encourage a good recovery. For example, you may be advised to minimise physical activity and sleep with your head elevated. You might experience some swelling, discomfort, or bruising after the procedure, but prescribed pain medication will help ease the healing process. Most patients can return to work the following day if it does not involve exertive activities. Additionally, you should wait six to eight weeks before re-piercing your earlobes.
While complications from earlobe reduction are uncommon, no surgery is completely without risk. Possible risks include:
- Poor healing
- Unfavourable scarring
- Revision surgery to correct issues
- Reactions to anaesthesia
Learn More About Dr Bish Soliman
Dr Bish Soliman is a Sydney based Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon specialising in complex microsurgical reconstruction including breast reconstruction, aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body as well as skin cancer surgery.