Ears come in all shapes and sizes, and may sometimes appear out of proportion with the rest of the face. Also, our earlobes continue to elongate as we age, which can contribute to an older look for some men and women. In other cases, the pull of heavy jewelry stretches the skin, creating a drooping or damaged lobe.
Earlobe surgery can repair earlobes that have been stretched or torn, or that have been stretched by a type of piercing known as gauging. Earlobe reduction or repair surgery performed by Cleveland plastic surgeon Dr. Diana Ponsky, is not the same as ear pinning (otoplasty), which corrects protruding or misshapen ears. Earlobe surgery, known as lobuloplasty, can make lobes and ears appear smaller, in better proportion, and more symmetrical.