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Can the size of fat earlobes be reduced?


I have big earlobes and as I age, they are getting droopier.  Can the size of my ear lobes be reduced? I have never worn large earrings - this is not an issue because I've tried them & they hurt.  What do you suggest?


Yes, earlobe reduction and reshaping earlobes  is possible.  I perform these surgeries in my office under local anesthesia.

I can't say why you have pain when wearing earrings.  I suggest that you have a consultation so that you can be examined and your plastic surgeon will provide you with advice on what options you should consider.

See for more information on earlobe repair, earlobe reductions, and earlobe reshaping.

Fredrick A. Valauri, M.D. F.A.C.S., FACS
New York, NY


Earlobe reduction is possible.  One technique involves surgery on the earlobe to remove the excess skin and re-close the wound, ultimately creating a smaller earlobe.  Scars may be noticeable.  Another technique uses a phenol-based chemical peel on the earlobe which effectively reduces the size of the lobe as the skin heals.  Consider talking with a plastic surgeon in your area about these and other options.

Aldo Guerra, M.D.
Scottsdale, AZ


It is quite simple to perform an earlobe reduction.  A wedge of redundant earlobe can be removed and the remainder rotated together and closed.  A small scar will result, but it is hardly perceptible.


Yes, earlobes can be reduced.  There are a number of good surgical options for this, and it's a fairly minor procedure.  While it is often performed at the same time as performing a facelift, it can also be done on its own.  See your local ASAPS plastic surgeon for a consultation about it.

All the best! 

Thomas G. S. Fiala, M.D.M.D., F.R.C.S., F.A.C.S. - View Other Answers by this Doctor
Altamonte Springs, FL


This is a pretty simple procedure, with incisions placed in the crease between the earlobe and cheek.  It is usually done in the office under local anesthesia.


Earlobe reduction or "lobe-plasty" is a wonderful procedure for improving the appearance of the "aging" earlobe.  Earlobes tend to elongate and become large and floppy with age. Reducing the lobes so that they are once again proportionate to the size of the ear has a subtle but definite improvement in your appearance.

The procedure can be performed safely in conjunction with a facelift, or as a stand-alone procedure under local anesthesia.

Best Regards,


Kirk Churukian, M.D., F.A.C.S.MD, FACS - View Other Answers by this Doctor
San Jose, CA

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