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OR Snapshots – Earlobe Reduction

 

The earlobe makes up approximately one-fourth of the vertical length of most ears. Despite its relatively small size it has a greater effect on the appearance of the ear than its size would suggest. The shape of the earlobe changes amongst individuals as well as its size.

The size of the earlobe is affected by many factors including aging, ear ring wear and genetics. Some people have naturally large earlobes while others have their earlobes get longer as they age. This occurs because, unlike the rest of the ear, the earlobe has no cartilaginous structural support. This makes it prone to being stretched like any other skin area.

earlobe-reduction-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisLarge earlobes can be reduced by four different techniques. The differences in earlobe reduction methods are based on the cutout pattern and the resultant scar location. Having used all of them I usually prefer the helical rim excisional technique. In this method the lower end of the long earlobe is removed in a curvilinear fashion to keep the natural shape of the earlobe. This places the scar line on the lower edge of the earlobe in the most hidden location.

Reduction of the large or long earlobe helps shorten the vertical length of the ear. It is often part of macrotia reduction as the bottom half of the procedure. Because the long earlobe is often associated with aging, earlobe reduction can sometimes be considered an ear rejuvenation procedure.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana


Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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