Earlobe Reduction

Earlobe reduction surgeries are performed to reduce the size of large, pendulous earlobes. Oversized or drooping earlobes can either be caused by a hereditary condition or become more apparent with age. Regardless of cause, this surgery can be performed in two methods to create a more aesthetically pleasing size or shape.

Earlobe Reduction Overview - Everything You Need to Know

The Skinny

Earlobe Reduction
avg. recovery
1 weeks
Is permanent
Minor Surgical Procedure
$500 - $1000

About the Procedure

Last Updated: 09.17.2021

Earlobe reductions are performed when the size of the lobe becomes droopy, pendulous, or un-proportionate to the face. This surgery is a quick, outpatient procedure that provides permanent results. Like an otoplasty or earFold procedure, simple changes to the ear can create an entirely new contour to the face and give patients a newfound sense of confidence as well. The two most common methods for an earlobe reduction are either the wedge or peripheral margin technique. If the wedge reduction method is utilized, the procedure will begin by marking the earlobe in a geometric shape that is to be removed. The area will then be injected with a local anesthesia. The excess earlobe tissue will then be removed and the incision closed with stitches. In the peripheral margin reduction technique, the procedure will begin by marking the outer-edge of the earlobe to the new desired length. Local anesthesia will then be injected into the earlobe and the marked area will be excised. Stitches will then be used to close the earlobe, creating a smaller, more balanced ear.

The goal of an earlobe reduction is to correct large, pendulous earlobes and create a more balanced size of the ear.


Earlobe Reduction addresses concerns such as:

Recovery Notes

Following an earlobe reduction, do not sleep on or place pressure on the treated areas until after sutures are removed 1 week postoperatively. Normal activity can be resumed almost immediately after surgery however it is advised to relax and not engage in strenuous activity for the first 48 hours.

Ideal Candidate

Children who are good candidates for ear surgery are in general good health, without a life-threatening illness or untreated chronic ear infections, is generally 5 years old, or when a child's ear cartilage is stable enough for correction. Teenagers and adults who are good candidates for ear surgery are in general good health and do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing.

Not Recommended For

Patients with a history of keloids or severe scarring are not good candidates for an earlobe reduction.

Side Effects

Moderate pain, itching and numbness are common following an earlobe reduction surgery.


  • shape
  • proportion
  • confidence
  • low risk
  • permanent results


  • symmetry
  • scarring
  • numbness

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