Earlobe Reduction
Austin, TX




Before & Afters

*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.

Surgeons at the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery 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. Our surgeons have performed many of these procedures and know that even a small change, like a reduced earlobe, can make you look younger and help you feel more confident in your own skin.


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 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, which is a concern for many potential patients.


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 their earlobes have stretched the original ear-piercing hole and lengthened or even split the lobe.

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 procedure.


An earlobe reduction is ideal for men and women who are in good general health, and would like to address issues related to their earlobe. With an earlobe reduction procedure, our surgeons reduce the size of 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.


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 his or her earlobes to determine whether earlobe reduction or repair is a suitable option to address the patient’s concerns. Patients are encouraged to ask questions about the procedure and can view before-and-after pictures so that they get an idea of the results they can expect.


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 5 to 7 days after the procedure. Patients should be able to leave our facility as soon as their earlobe reduction is complete.


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 a day or so.


If you’re searching for 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?

Many patients opt for earlobe reduction because they have stretched their earlobes with gauge piercings and no longer like the way they look. The good news is that earlobe reduction can correct the damage from gauges.

Does earlobe reduction lead to scarring?

Scars from earlobe reduction usually fade and become virtually invisible within the first year following the procedure. Applying sunscreen and wearing hats to limit sun exposure can reduce the risk of visible scarring.

Can ears be repierced after earlobe reduction?

Typically, yes. It is often possible for patients to get their earlobes pierced six weeks after earlobe reduction. However, patients with more extensive procedures due to gauged piercings or other reasons may need to wait until their earlobe has completely healed before re-piercing it.

What are the risks of earlobe reduction?

Since earlobe reduction is a surgical procedure, complications are a possibility. Some of the most common risks include infection, scar formation, and notching. Fortunately, these risks are rare when the surgery is performed by a skilled surgeon at the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery.

Can I exercise after earlobe reduction?

We understand that many patients who undergo earlobe reduction lead busy lives. However, we encourage them to avoid strenuous exercise for 48 hours after the procedure. This minimizes the risk of pain and bleeding.

When can I shower after earlobe reduction?

Patients may shower the day after earlobe reduction. However, if they choose to, they should practice common sense. We suggest using a gentle baby shampoo and refrain from scrubbing the surgical area.

Are there ways to protect the earlobes after undergoing earlobe reduction?

After earlobe reduction, there are certain strategies that can help patients keep their earlobes in good shape. These strategies include piercing their ears in a new location, opting for lightweight or stud earrings, and avoiding dangling or large hoop earrings, especially around children.

Why do earlobes stretch over time?

Some patients come to our facility and are unsure of why their earlobes are longer now than they were 20 years ago. The truth is that the earlobes, just like other tissues, can stretch out and sag over time due to normal aging. Even patients who have never worn earrings can expect to see some stretching in their earlobes.

Is there a procedure I can have to trim down the size of my earlobes?

Earlobes are easily reduced by a simple office based surgical procedure. The earlobes are marked out after a discussion to identify how small the patient wants the earlobes to be. They are then injected with local anesthesia and reduced by excision a portion of the earlobe at the cheek earlobe junction and resutured. If a piercing has been removed it can be replaced after 6 weeks of healing.

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?

There are many different techniques used in otoplasty and different surgeons can obtain good results using their preferred technique. We prefer to not cut or remove cartilage in the vast majority of our otoplasties. We prefer contouring the cartilage with sutures. Cutting or removing the cartilage leaves a higher chance of an unnatural sharp appearance to the ear in my opinion.

How much does an earlobe reduction cost in Austin, TX?

An exact earlobe reduction cost depends on both how complex and/or time-consuming the procedure is. While the otoplasty can run anywhere from $500-$800 or $1000-$1300, the actual costs do vary from surgeon to surgeon. You can discuss pricing or financing options with Dr. Buckingham during your one-on-one consultation.

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, Texas, today. We look forward to meeting you and learning more about how we can help you look and feel better. Call us at 512-661-0747 or fill out our online contact form today to request a consultation with one of our highly skilled surgeons.

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