Can I Have Earlobe Reduction After Otoplasty Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I just recieved otoplasty and earlobe reduction one month ago.I The surgeon did a wonderful job thus far but there is still some minor sweeping and obviously the ears will change shape a bit over next few months. However I don’t believe enough length was removed from the earlobes. My ears still feel long and large. (not protruding) I’ve been through multiple of your surgery photos and reviews and honestly love what you do with the ear anatomy. What I would like to know is if you could take an additional amount from my earlobe to sort of shorten the ear. I would love to do my revision with you. Please let me know if and when and I have attached pictures for your review. I would love to get out opinion. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

A: Earlobe reduction can be done at the same time as an otoplasty or any time afterwards. The blood supply to the earlobe is not affected by any type of otoplasty procedure or even a prior earlobe reduction. The best vertical earlobe reduction technique is the helical rim type which places no visible scar on the outer surface of the earlobe. You probably need another 5 to 7mms vertical reduction. I can not completely tell from your pictures as to what type of earlobe reduction you had done but it does not appear to be of the helical rim variety. Regardless another earlobe reduction can be still be done.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana