If you have ever felt that your large or droopy earlobes are making you appear older than you are, you might be an ideal candidate for earlobe reduction surgery.
Large earlobes are the result of ageing or wearing heavy jewellery for many years but earlobe reduction can decrease the size of your earlobes and restore your self-esteem.
Earlobe Reduction Surgery Candidates
If you’re considering an earlobe reduction, you will need to be both physically and mentally healthy, older than 18 and have large or droopy ears.
If you are only worried about your ears making you look older than you are and they aren’t necessarily droopy, you may want to consider dermal fillers at a cosmetic clinic.
The Earlobe Reduction Procedure
To complete the procedure, a local anaesthetic will need to be used. This means that you will be awake during your procedure but you won’t be able to feel anything.
Earlobe reduction is actually a straightforward procedure. To remove the excess earlobe, an incision will be made between your earlobes and your cheeks, after which the remaining tissue will be closed up using dissolvable stitches.
Most earlobe reduction procedures at Jade Clinic in Cairns won’t take longer than 30 minutes and you will be able to go home directly afterwards.
Recovering from Earlobe Reduction Surgery
Once the anaesthetic has worn off, you will be able to return home. Minor discomfort and swelling are normal after earlobe reduction surgery but you will be given pain medication to help alleviate this.
Following your surgery, you will be provided with a dressing that you will need to wear around your head. This will help protect the incision sites and accelerate your recovery be reducing any swelling and bruising.
It will also be important to sleep in the correct position during your recovery. Keeping your head elevated will also go a long way in reducing bleeding and swelling. Naturally, you will need to avoid sleeping on your ears so it’s best to get used to sleeping on your back if you don’t already do so.
Patients usually need to take at least a week off from work to give their ears enough time to recover. If you have a physical or demanding job, you will need to pay special attention to the surgical area to prevent any complications once you return to work after your procedure.
Since an incision is required to complete the surgery, scarring is inevitable. However, the scar will become far less noticeable as time goes on – not only will it reduce in size but the colour will change too.
Earlobe Reduction Risks
As with any surgical procedure, an earlobe reduction does have some minor risks, including bleeding, swelling and infection. However, closely following your surgeon’s instructions will minimise and even eliminate some side effects. It’s also important to have realistic expectations going into your surgery as exact symmetry can’t be guaranteed and your results will change over time too.