Aging causes many body parts to sag, and earlobes are no exception. In addition to the effects of time, dangling earrings, gauges and genetics can also induce this condition. The solution to hanging earlobes is a commonly-performed, minimally invasive, virtually painless cosmetic surgery procedure called loboplasty. The result, is subtle and natural-looking, with no evidence of scars. And in addition to elevating the lobes, it can do the same for your confidence. See if it’s right for you.
What is Earlobe Reduction?
It is a simple plastic surgery procedure used to resize or reconstruct floppy or hanging earlobes. It enhances the proportions of the ears in relation to the face, creating a more youthful appearance. This surgery is suitable for children, teenagers, and adults. It is not a one-size-fits-all technique, and Dr. Russell will address individual needs on a case-by-case basis.
What Causes this Condition?
Because this part of the body lacks cartilage, a supportive substance reinforcing the rest of the ear, it is at the mercy of gravity. Aging can also factor into elongation, as well as weighty earrings and gauges. Prior facelift surgery can cause earlobe issues, as well.
How is Earlobe Reduction Surgery Performed?
This surgery is an outpatient procedure utilizing a local anesthetic. An uncomplicated repair takes up to 45 minutes; a complex one could call for more than an hour. An unobtrusive incision is made, excess tissue is removed, and the patient can immediately return to their regular activities.
What Should Be Expected After Surgery?
Post-operative discomfort is typically minimal and can be managed with an over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol, along with a prescription antibiotic ointment. If soreness is more acute, Dr. Russell will prescribe suitable pain medication. The affected area may be somewhat swollen and tender. Items that could put pressure on the injury, such as telephones and hats, should be avoided. Care should be taken when using brushes and hairdryers, and when pulling clothing over the head. The wound can be expected to heal in approximately one week, leaving minimal scarring.
Who Is A Good Earlobe Reduction Surgery Candidate?
Anyone who dislikes the size or shape of their earlobes, is healthy and is a non-smoker, can benefit from this procedure.
Are There Any Risks?
All surgeries have potential risks, although the possibility of complications during this one is slight. Dr. Russell will discuss in detail all potential drawbacks and address your concerns during your consultation.
Can I Wear Earrings Again?
If you anticipate wearing earrings, postpone doing so for six months, so that the ear can heal correctly. It can be re-pierced, but if weighty earrings are worn they may again stretch the lobe, warranting corrective surgery. Prevent the marring of the ear by wearing studs or small hoops. If wearing dangling earrings is unavoidable, remove them as soon as possible.
What Are the Benefits to Earlobe Reduction?
Aesthetic balance and symmetry, as well as a younger appearance, have elevated many patients’ self-esteem and confidence. Women who have abandoned earrings and up-dos can wear them again. The surgery can address embarrassment and self-consciousness and boost the confidence and self-esteem of many who undergo the procedure.
What Can Be Expected During the Consultation?
A typical consultation will begin with a general physical exam and a full evaluation of the ears, followed by a detailed conversation regarding the surgery. In collaboration with Dr. Russell, the patient will decide how they would like their ears to look.
Are you discouraged by what you see in the mirror every day? Discouraged by how it makes you feel? An earlobe reduction could be the answer. Find out in a consultation with Dr. Joseph Russell, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon renowned for his sure hands and attention to detail, and begin your journey to rejuvenated confidence, self-esteem, and quality of life.