Your ears are one of your most prominent extremities but elongated earlobes can make you appear older.
While some people may be born with longer earlobes, they can also become floppy and elongated over time. Earlobes can also become stretched from wearing heavy earrings or when earrings are consistently caught on collars and necklaces.
When too much weight is placed on the earlobe, it can also eventually split all the way through.
The extent of your earlobe reduction will depend on whether your lobes are floppy, wide, long or a combination.
During your consultation at Academy Face and Body, your cosmetic surgeon will determine how extensive your reduction procedure will need to be to achieve natural-looking earlobes.
Your earlobe reduction will be performed under local anaesthetic and will last about 30 minutes. However, in some cases, the procedure can take up to 90 minutes to complete.
Once the earlobe has been reduced, dissolving stitches will be used to repair the incision. In some cases, both dissolving and normal stitches need to be used.
The incisions will be made along the contours or within the natural creases of the ear to reduce visibility. Any scarring that’s present after your procedure will fade over time.
Patients can expect minimal discomfort after their procedure and there may be some mild swelling. You will be able to see results directly after your surgery.
The sutures and dressing will be removed a few days after your procedure unless dissolving stitches were used.
While you can shower and wash your hair as usual after 24 to 48 hours, it’s important not to rub or apply any pressure to the ears until they are completely healed. Rigorous activity should also be avoided for a week or two to avoid damaging the ears.
Patients can pierce their ears again in 2 months.
You are an ideal candidate for this procedure if one or both of your earlobes are overly long or have been stretched out over time. This procedure is also ideal if the earlobes are deformed or asymmetrical due to trauma.
If you are generally uncomfortable with the elongated appearance of your earlobes, you may be an ideal candidate for this procedure.