Before & Afters
Doctors Edward Buckingham and Erin Smith offer Earlobe Reduction solutions for patients in Austin & Sunset Valley, TX. Even though the earlobes are very small, large or stretched-out lobes can draw attention and be out of balance with the rest of the face. Age and heavy earrings can also elongate earlobes. If your earlobes are abnormally large and out of proportion with the rest of your face, an earlobe reduction may be a great option for you. This simple and straightforward surgery can reshape and resize your earlobes while retaining their natural curved look. Here at Buckingham Center, we are pleased to offer earlobe reductions for patients in the Austin area. Dr. Edward Buckingham has performed many of these procedures and knows that even a small change, like a reduced earlobe, can make you look younger and help you feel more confident in your own skin.
Benefits of an Earlobe Reduction
The greatest benefit of an earlobe reduction is that it can transform the way a patient’s earlobes look and even improve their facial balance and aesthetics. The procedure makes earlobes smaller while improving their proportion to the rest of the face. With a simple procedure like an earlobe reduction, patients can get rejuvenate long, saggy earlobes and enjoy a more youthful appearance.
Patients who lead busy lives will be pleased to learn that earlobe reduction is a minimally-invasive procedure that requires very little downtime and will barely interfere with their normal activities. Earlobe reduction causes little pain or discomfort, a concern for many potential patients.
Most Common Reasons for Earlobe Reduction
There are several reasons why a patient may want or need an earlobe reduction. If they have worn heavy earrings for a significant number of years, they may have noticed that the earlobes have stretched the original ear piercing hole and lengthened or even split the lobe itself.
Some patients have intentionally stretched their earlobes through a process called gauging. Gauging is a type of body piercing that progressively increases the size of the earlobe hole in order to fit earrings that become increasingly larger. Many people who have stopped wearing gauged earrings eventually decide to repair their earlobes to minimize the stretched-out appearance.
In some cases, earlobes are suddenly damaged because of some type of trauma. Examples of this trauma include a sports injury or getting an earring caught by some clothing or a hairbrush. Parents may even experience damaged earlobes because of a young child tugging on them.
Regardless of the cause of an enlarged or damaged earlobe, patients are likely to feel insecure and may even experience some pain. Some patients may also be fearful of wearing earrings ever again. Fortunately, all of these issues can be resolved with a minimally invasive earlobe reduction or piercing repair.
Ideal Candidates for Earlobe Reduction
An earlobe reduction is ideal for men and women who are in good general health and would like to reduce the size of their earlobes or repair damage that occurred due to trauma, earrings, or aging. Patients should have realistic expectations for the procedure and understand the typical results of earlobe repair before moving forward.
What to Expect During an Earlobe Reduction Consultation
Patients who are concerned about the appearance of their earlobes should consider visiting our Austin-area facility for a private consultation. During the consultation, one of our surgeons will meet with the patient and evaluate the state of their earlobes to determine whether earlobe reduction or repair is a good option for their situation. Patients are encouraged to ask questions about the procedure and can view before-and-after pictures so that they get an idea of the type of results to expect.
The Earlobe Reduction Procedure
Earlobe reduction surgery can be completed in under 30 minutes per ear. In most cases, only local anesthesia is required for this procedure. Although patients may feel some light pressure on their ears, they should not expect any pain or discomfort.
Our surgeon will begin by making incisions into the crease between the earlobe and cheek. This way, the small scars will be concealed and almost invisible within the crease. Then, a small portion of the patient’s earlobe will be carefully cut away. Next, our surgeon will put the lobe back together while ensuring that its shape and size is proportional to the patient’s face.
To close the earlobe, the surgeon will use sutures, which will be removed in about five to seven days after the procedure. Patients should be able to leave our facility as soon as the earlobe reduction is complete.
Recovering From Earlobe Reduction
Since earlobe reduction is a fairly quick and simple procedure, recovery is also short and easy. Patients will need to elevate their head while sleeping to keep any swelling under control. Most patients resume work and their other duties in day or so.
Why Choose Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery
If you’re in search of the best facility for an earlobe reduction in the Austin area, you can’t go wrong with Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Buckingham is highly skilled at this particular procedure and has seen it do wonders for men and women from all walks of life.
From the moment you visit us for your private consultation to the follow-up appointment, you can depend on the highest quality service and individualized attention you deserve. Our surgeons are dedicated to working with you to achieve the aesthetic results you’re hoping for.
Frequently Asked Questions About Earlobe Reduction
Can earlobe reduction repair the damage from gauges?
Does earlobe reduction lead to scarring?
Can ears be repierced after earlobe reduction?
What are the risks of earlobe reduction?
Can I exercise after earlobe reduction?
When can I shower after earlobe reduction?
Are there ways to protect the earlobes after undergoing earlobe reduction?
Why do earlobes stretch over time?
Is there a procedure I can have to trim down the size of my earlobes?
I’ve heard of two approaches for reducing the conchal bowl in the ear. What are the pros and cons of these two techniques and is one better than the other?
How much does an earlobe reduction cost in Austin, TX?
Schedule an Earlobe Reduction Consultation Today
For more information about earlobe reduction, don’t hesitate to schedule an earlobe reduction consultation at Buckingham Center in Austin, TX today. We look forward to meeting you and learning more about how we can help you look and feel better. Call us at 512-401-2500 or fill out our online contact form today to request a consultation with Dr. Buckingham or Dr. Smith.
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