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OR Snapshots – Helical Rim Excision 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 Read More…

Techniques in Earlobe Reduction

Lengthening of the earlobe as one ages is both an old adage as well as a reality. Being the only soft tissue structure of the ear that is not supported by cartilage, it is prone to becoming stretched. Being on the southside of the ear, gravity is also not in its favor. This elongation effect Read More…

Plastic Surgery Case Study – Macrotia Ear Reduction

Background: The embryology and development of the human ear is a marvel in not only its complexity but how well it works most of the time. It is created by the merging of six separate tissue segments (hillocks) in utero that create the recognizable ear that is a collection of various ridges and valleys. But Read More…

Earlobe Reduction and Facelift Surgery

A facelift is a very well known facial rejuvenation procedure that has its primary effects on the addressing loose skin and tissues in the neck and jawline. While there are a large number of iterations and varieties of described facelift techniques, they all require incisions around the ears to create their desired effects. While much Read More…

Otoplasty in the Long Ear (Macrotia)

Prominent ears are the most common reason for an aesthetic otoplasty correction. There are numerous reasons that one has ears that stick out too far from the absence of the antihelical fold, a large concha or combinations thereof. The surgical techniques used to treat prominent ears are based on creating a more defined antihelical fold, Read More…

Case Study: Otoplasty with Earlobe Reduction

Background: Otoplasty, known as ear reshaping, is a commonly performed cosmetic procedure whose intent is to make the ears less conspicuous. An aesthetically pleasing ear is one which blends into the side of the head and has no feature that makes it an ‘eye catcher’. The best looking ear is really one that is not Read More…

Plastic Surgery’s Did You Know? Earlobe Lengthening

The earlobe is uniquely different than the rest of the ear. Not because of his shape or location but because it does not contain cartilage. The earlobe only contains skin and fat. This is why the earlobe is soft and stretchy while the ear above it is more stiff and has minimal stretch to it. Read More…

Case Study: Reduction of Large Earlobes

Background:  The ears are often a forgotten facial structure if they are normal in shape and blend into the side of the face. But when they stick out too far or have an abnormal shape or proportions, they become noticeable and an aesthetic liability. Such is the case with the large earlobe. The earlobe is Read More…

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