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Ear Lobe (lobule) reduction under local anaesthetics at MACS Clinic

Posted on: 10 Apr 2024

When we think about the signs of aging, we often focus on wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin on the face and neck. However, there is one area that often goes overlooked: the earlobes. Earlobes can also show signs of aging over time.

Male (Ear Lobe aging over time)
Female (Ear Lobe aging over time)

Do Ear Lobes Age?

Contrary to popular belief, Ear Lobes are not immune to the effects of aging. Just like the rest

of our skin, the Ear Lobes undergo changes as we grow older. Several factors contribute to this


Loss of Volume: Similar to facial aging, Ear Lobes lose volume over time. This loss of volume is attributed to a combination of factors, including sun damage, decreased collagen and elastin production, and natural changes in skin structure. As a result, earlobes may appear thinner and “less plump” with age.

Sun Damage: Prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays can accelerate the aging process of the skin, including the Ear Lobes. Sun damage can lead to wrinkles, pigmentation changes, and a loss of elasticity in the skin, contributing to the overall aging of the Ear Lobes.

Ear Lobe aging due to skin exposure

Heavy Earrings: Years of wearing heavy earrings can take a toll on the Ear Lobes, causing them to stretch and sag over time. The weight of the earrings, combined with gravity and the natural aging process, can lead to elongated and droopy Ear Lobes.

Heavy earrings can lead to stretched elongated Ear Lobes

Genetics: Genetic factors also play a role in the aging of Ear Lobes. Some individuals may be predisposed to developing saggy or wrinkled Ear Lobes earlier in life, while others may maintain a more youthful appearance for longer.

Signs of Aging Ear Lobes:

  1. Wrinkles and fine lines on the surface of the Ear Lobes
  2. Thinning or hollowing of the Ear Lobes
  3. Elongation or drooping of the Ear Lobes
  4. Pigmentation changes or sunspots
  5. Decreased elasticity in the skin

What Is Ear Lobe Reduction?

Ear Lobe reduction is also known as Ear Lobe reshaping. It is considered to be a cosmetic procedure. This surgery involves removing excess tissue and reshaping the lobes to create a more proportionate Ear Lobe.

Reasons our patients have asked for Ear Lobe reduction at MACS Clinic

  1. Some of our patients have complained of getting unwanted attention and hence becoming self-conscious.
  2. Few patients have complained about sagging and elongation of the Ear Lobes
  3. Ear Lobe reduction facilitates wearing earrings with the appropriate size of the hole of Ear Lobe.
  4. Improves the size of piercing mark/s
  5. We have come across few patients who are so self-conscious because of large size and elongated shape of the Ear Lobes that they would cover them with long hair.

Steps for booking a consultation with Mr. Shailesh Vadodaria at MACS Clinic

You can contact us by calling on 020 7078 4378 or 07792 648 726(WhatsApp) or email us at . Alternatively, you can also fill in your details via our contact form on . Our admin staff will respond and offer you a free or complimentary video or face-to-face consultation with our senior consultant plastic surgeon, Mr. Shailesh Vadodaria. Additionally, our staff will also send you a detailed information factsheet about Ear Lobe reduction/Split Ear Lobe repair so that you can have a better insight about this procedure.

During your free consultation, our senior consultant plastic surgeon, Mr. Shailesh Vadodaria, will explain you all the aspects of Ear Lobe reduction/Split Ear Lobe repair procedure. He will discuss potential risks, complications, and post-operative care. Additionally, Mr. Vadodaria will show you all the representative before and after photos/videos of Ear Lobe reduction/Split ear lobe repair patients from his practice. Following the consultation, our admin staff will send you a procedure estimate, allowing you to plan accordingly.

Cost of Ear Lobe reduction/Split Ear Lobe repair at MACS Clinic

The cost for this procedure ranges from £950. Several factors influence the final cost, including whether the correction is unilateral or bilateral, the type of anaesthetics used during the procedure, and your choice of clinic or hospital.

Once you have received the final cost estimate and discussed the procedure with Mr. Vadodaria during your consultation, you can make an informed decision about whether you wish to proceed with the Ear Lobe reduction/Split Ear Lobe repair procedure. If you decide to move forward, our admin staff will organize the procedure for you. They will coordinate with the theatre to schedule your procedure based on availability.

What to expect on the day of your operation for Ear Lobe reduction/Split Ear Lobe repair at MACS Clinic?

You will have to complete the consent process to ensure that you fully understood the treatment and its potential risks. Additionally, a pregnancy test will be conducted for women. The procedure itself will be performed by Mr. Shailesh Vadodaria under local anaesthetic as a day case. This procedure will take approximately 45 minutes. Dissolving sutures will be used, eliminating the need for suture removal. To manage any discomfort post- procedure, you will receive a prescription for painkillers, oral antibiotics and antibiotic ointment. You will receive a post-operative information leaflet to guide you through the recovery process.

Marking (Planning) before the procedure
Local infiltration (making the area numb)
Cutting the excess tissue with a scalpel
Completely stitched Ear Lobe
Skin colour paper dressing

What post-operative care you need to take after the Ear Lobe reduction/Split Ear Lobe repair procedure at MACS Clinic?

You need to take your antibiotics, analgesics (painkillers), and apply antibiotic ointment as per Mr. Shailesh Vadodaria’s instructions in order to reduce the swelling. After surgery it is best to rest in a chair or recliner with your head elevated to minimize the expected post-operative swelling. If you want to sleep in bed, use as many pillows as possible. For the first 48 hours please avoid any kind of straining. Strenuous activities should be avoided for 2 to 3 weeks, especially contact sports in which your ear could be bumped. After that gradually increase your activities so you are back to normal by the end of the fourth week.

Our staff will schedule follow-up appointments with Mr. Shailesh Vadodaria at 1 week and 6 weeks after the procedure.

For more information about Ear Lobe reduction/Split Ear Lobe repair procedure visit: or or contact MACS Clinic at 020 7078 4378 or 07792 648726.

Before and After Photos