Q&A: Can otoplasty fix an earlobe that is smaller than the other?

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Can otoplasty fix an earlobe that is smaller than the other? I have an earlobe that is almost completely missing. I figured earlobe reduction would make them even sized, but I was hoping there was a way to make them more identical. I was hoping reduction would be a last resort. I mean even if i could add a fake earlobe, because it is honestly just an earlobe.

- Ashton


William Rosenblatt, MD -

Sometimes you can make an earlobe bigger -- you need to be seen in person to know what is right to do. 

--William Rosenblatt, MD
New York, NY


Vito C. Quatela, MD -

An Otoplasty can help make ears more symmetric.  It is difficult to comment on your case in particular without preforming an examination, but there are ways to make your ears more symmetric, including reconstructing the earlobe using a cartilage graft and skin.  A reduction of the larger earlobe may also be another surgical option, as you mentioned.  We recommend seeking an evaluation with a surgeon experienced in ear reconstruction.

--Vito C. Quatela, MD
Rochester, NY


Kenneth R. Francis, M.D. -

Dear Ashton,
Earlobe repair, reduction or reconstruction surgery can be performed with a variety of methods.  Of course, the method chosen depends on many factors.  Consultation with an American Board of Plastic Surgery board certified plastic surgeon can determine for you what those factors are and the best method of addressing them.  If you are in the New York tri-state area you can visit my office for a complimentary consultation.  212-226-0677
Thank you for the question and good luck!

--Kenneth R. Francis, M.D.
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