Earlobe reduction or “lobuloplasty” is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the size of the earlobes. It is a simple procedure that improves the appearance of excessively large or droopy earlobes, which are usually inborn but can also be acquired later in life due to aging or through the use of large, heavy earrings or ear gauges

In addition to making the ears smaller, earlobe reduction can also make one look younger. Those who undergo this procedure can expect to have smaller, more aesthetically shaped earlobes that are proportionate to the size of the ears and shape of the face.

Reasons To Undergo This Procedure

Sagging earlobes can contribute to an unbalanced facial appearance, and in some cases, they can make a person look older. Patients who can benefit from an earlobe reduction are usually those who are beyond their 40s, those who have had extremely dilated piercings, or those who were born with congenital earlobe deformities.

Earlobe reduction is typically performed to improve the following issues:

  1. Hanging or torn earlobes
  2. Uneven earlobes
  3. Hereditary or accidental earlobe deformities
  4. Elongated, prominent “megalobes”

What Are The Benefits?

Earlobe reduction is a relatively simple surgical procedure, but it requires artistry and extreme attention to detail to create proportional results that have a refined and aesthetically pleasing shape.

With these types of procedures, having a surgeon like Dr. Sedgh, who has almost a decade of experience in facial reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, is highly ideal. Armed with extensive training and unique skills, the doctor’s work yields desirable yet natural-looking enhancements that coincide with the patient’s specific objectives.

You can expect the following benefits from an earlobe reduction:

  1. Smaller, more proportionate earlobes
  2. Youthful-looking ears
  3. Increased confidence
  4. Improved facial symmetry

Dr. Sedgh is a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon who has an open, relaxed manner that enables him to build a good rapport with all his patients. He strives to make them feel at ease as they discuss the desired procedure, their surgery goals, and other topics that need to be covered during the initial consultation, such as medical history and relevant lifestyle habits.

Patients can expect the following from their first appointment with Dr. Sedgh:

  1. A thorough physical examination
  2. Explanation of the procedure and how to prepare for it
  3. Discussion of ideal surgical execution plan

Initial consultations are conducted at Dr. Sedgh’s clinic in Beverly Hills, but he can also conduct virtual consultations for international or out-of-town patients.

For those who will need to travel to undergo the surgery, his office’s highly capable staff can assist patients with arrangements for transportation, accommodation, aftercare assistance, and other concierge services to ensure a comfortable, hassle-free trip.

Ear Lobe Reduction Procedure

Earlobe reduction surgery is a relatively straightforward cosmetic procedure with varying degrees of complexity, as the extent of the alterations will largely depend on the patient’s specific issue. Knowing that each patient’s case is different, Dr. Sedgh uses different approaches and techniques that are uniquely tailored to the patient’s specific needs in order to produce symmetrical, natural-looking results with very minimal scarring.

As with most outpatient procedures, an earlobe reduction is typically performed in the doctor’s office under local anesthetic. Once the target area has been numbed, Dr. Sedgh will begin by carefully making an incision, sometimes with laser assistance, along the bottom edge of the earlobe. This will allow him to remove extra tissue and recontour the earlobe to the desired shape.

If you have a wide lobe, the doctor will make a wedge-shaped incision to create a thin, vertical cut to narrow and shorten the lobe.

After both ears have been reshaped, Dr. Sedgh will then close the incisions, taking special care to place them strategically to eliminate or lessen any visible scarring.

Unless performed in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures, a typical earlobe operation will last for about 30 minutes to an hour, with an average of 15 to 30 minutes per ear.


Bandages are typically not needed after an earlobe reduction, but in some cases, Dr. Sedgh may place loose bandages around the ears to protect them during the first 24 to 48 hours post-surgery.

You may experience minor discomfort, swelling, or bruising following the procedure, but these can be easily managed with the prescribed pain medications and by adhering to all aftercare instructions.

In some cases, patients will be left with no piercing holes in their ears. Dr. Sedgh will advise you to wait three months before re-piercing them in order to give them time to fully heal.

The first week is the most critical period of the post-op stage, so you can expect Dr. Sedgh to personally monitor your healing progress during this time. He will then continue to evaluate you through several post-op appointments in the next few months up to a year to ensure a safe and comfortable recovery.

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