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When to consider earlobe reduction or repair with Cleveland earlobe surgery specialist Dr. Diana Ponsky

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.

How It Helps

Earlobe surgery can correct genetically large earlobes as well as various forms of acquired changes. There are numerous ways of reducing large earlobes, the most common involves removal of a pie shaped wedge of tissue or recontouring the entire lobe. In the case of a stretched or gauged earlobe, we can reduce or repair the lobe and return your ears to a more pleasing, youthful shape.

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What to expect before earlobe surgery

Cleveland earlobe specialist Dr. Diana Ponsky will begin your consultation by asking about your goals and expectations, and will discuss any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors. After an examination and photographs, you will discuss a recommended course of treatment, as well as outcomes, risks or potential complications. Especially important is adhering to the post-surgical instructions about earring use to protect the earlobe the early phase of healing.


What to expect during earlobe surgery

Earlobe surgery is an outpatient procedure done with local anesthesia. It takes about 45 minutes to one hour, although your time in surgery will depend on the extent of the procedure. Your surgeon freshens the piercing tract, removes excess tissue (if necessary) and sutures the lobe back together.


What to expect after earlobe surgery

You may experience some discomfort following earlobe surgery. Over-the-counter pain medication can help. Bandages are not necessary but you need to apply antibiotic ointment to the incisions. Stitches will be removed after the swelling has gone down, typically within one week. In many cases, it is possible to re-pierce the ears as part of the earlobe surgery procedure, in which case you will receive stud earrings that you must wear for about two months. Sometimes temporary spacers or stitches may be placed in the ears. These will support light earrings after six weeks and heavier earrings down the road, when your lobes have healed properly.

What Our Patients Say

  • The office was nice. Receptionist was very polite. Dr. Ponsky was great. The experience was comfortable and she explained everything to me before doing anything. She made sure I understood. Thank you Dr. Ponsky!

    - YM( Cleveland Facial Plastic Surgery )
  • I have always been apprehensive of ANY cosmetic procedures. Not any more! Dr Ponsky and her entire staff are friendly, professional and reassuring. Dr Ponsky is gentle, thorough, professional, talented, knows medicine and her craft. I can’t recommend this entire practice more. It is a gift that we have her in Cleveland.

    - SA( Cosmetic Surgery, Cleveland )
  • I can’t be happier with the results of my Rhinoplasty on both aspects functionally and aesthetically, Dr. Ponsky did such a great job, before, during, and after surgery, she is on top of everything and follow her patients very carefully after surgery to ensure complete healing and great results. Thank you Dr. Ponsky and her staff from the bottom of my heart🙏🙏

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    - A( Rhinoplasty, Cleveland )
  • I have nothing but positive to say about Dr. Ponsky and her entire staff! The first time I came in for a appointment I felt a welcoming and warm energy from the entire group . Dr. Ponsky’s assistant Jaime is fabulous and I love how she can answer all my questions if I don’t understand all!!
    Thank you everyone !!!

    - DB( )
  • Dr Ponsky’s staff are full of energy and very friendly. They are extremely personable, and worked to ensure that I felt comfortable and had everything I needed (down to a blanket during the procedure). Dr Ponsky is thorough, sweet, and gentle in her explanations. She made sure to explain the answers to each of my questions and I never felt rushed/forced to make a decision. I love the fact that we could do the entire procedure under local anesthesia.

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    - EE( Blepharoplasty, Cleveland )