Earlobe Reduction

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An earlobe reduction is a plastic surgery to reduce the appearance of drooping, overly large, or pendulous earlobes for improved facial symmetry and proportions.

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The Skinny

Average Recovery

1 weeks




Minor Surgical Procedure




$500 - $1000


Before & After Images by Provider

Earlobe Reduction Before, Male 47 - 1990Earlobe Reduction After, Male 47 - 1990
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Earlobe Reduction Before, Female 67 - 76Earlobe Reduction After, Female 67 - 76
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The Specifics

What is an earlobe reduction?

An earlobe reduction is a simple outpatient plastic surgery to correct the appearance of drooping, sagging, pendulous, and overly large earlobes. There are two methods: the wedge technique and the peripheral edge technique. The most appropriate method for an individual candidate can be determined through consultation with a plastic surgeon.

The Anatomy of the Ear

Ear Anatomy Close Up Photo

An earlobe reduction surgery can correct earlobe size abnormalities due to genetics, the aging process, or serve as an earlobe repair due to trauma (such as heavy earring use).

What cosmetic concerns does an earlobe reduction procedure treat?

  1. Ear Shape: In both methods, excess skin is excised and the lobe is sutured into the desired shape for an improved aesthetic.

Who is the ideal candidate for an earlobe reduction procedure?

The ideal candidate for an earlobe reduction plastic surgery is a child over five, teenager, or adult in generally good health. Earlobe reduction is not recommended for those with severe deformities or those prone to keloid scarring.

What is the average recovery associated with an earlobe reduction procedure?

Following an earlobe reduction patients can expect a few days of acute recovery, although most patients return to most normal activities almost immediately. Strenuous activity can be resumed after 48 hours. Patients will also need to avoid sleeping or placing pressure on the earlobes for one week.

What are the potential side effects of an earlobe reduction procedure?

Possible side effects following an earlobe reduction include itching, pain, bleeding, scarring, infection, and asymmetrical appearance.

What can someone expect from the results of an earlobe reduction procedure?

The results of an earlobe reduction procedure are immediate and permanent improvements to the appearance of the earlobe.

What is the average cost of an earlobe reduction procedure?

An earlobe reduction can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000. The actual cost of an earlobe reduction is dependent upon location, plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.


  • Shape
  • Proportion
  • Confidence
  • Low Risk
  • Permanent Results


  • Symmetry
  • Scarring
  • Numbness

Invasiveness Score


Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect

Earlobe reduction surgeries are performed to reduce the size of large, pendulous earlobes. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after an earlobe reduction.

The Takeaway

An earlobe reduction is a plastic surgery to reduce the size of overly large or pendulous earlobes to a more proportional and aesthetically pleasing shape.

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  1. Alexander Berghaus Protruding ears - cosmetic surgery with a sense of proportion PubMed.gov; 2016-09-01
  2. Better Health Channel Otoplasty (external ear surgery)


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