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Is it possible to add an ear lobe to my right ear (genetically missing) with successful results?
My left ear looks perfectly normal. My right ear is mostly normal, but there is one problem. The ear lobe on my right ear is extremely small and is weirdly shaped, so I am actually missing an ear lobe. I was born this way and it runs in my family. I would like to 'add' an ear lobe to my right ear. Is it possible to do this, and if so, how common is this procedure? Are the results proven successful and approximately what would be the cost of this surgery?
Yes, it is possible to reconstruct the ear lobule. Sometimes it requires more than one surgery. These procedures may actually be covered by your insurance carrier. Consider a consult with one of the many members of the ASAPS/ASPS. They are experts in restorative surgery.
Gary R. Culbertson, MD, FACS