Many people experience problems with the shape of their ears, whether it be from birth or due to damage caused to the tissue. Women often see drooping of the ear lobes with age or as a result of wearing heavy earrings. Split earlobes are another condition commonly treated at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery. This is caused when the piercing hole is ripped, either partially or entirely, leaving a split earlobe. Another highly sought-after procedure is ear pinning. This simple, in-office procedure allows patients with protruding ears to have them “pinned” so that the ears don’t stick out. Below are more details on these common procedures performed on the ears:

Ear Pinning, also known as otoplasty, is a very easy procedure and can be performed on children as young as three. Most adults can have this surgery performed in the office under local anesthesia. (If it is being performed on young children, general anesthesia is often best.) There are a variety of techniques that can be used, depending on the needs of the patient. Ear pinning typically takes one to two hours and the recovery is minimal, taking about 1 week. This procedure is very safe and can have a dramatic impact on a person’s appearance and confidence.

Ear Lobe Reduction is most common as people age. When both men and women age, the cartilage of the ear continues to grow, creating enlarged earlobes. Individuals may find this bothersome. However, fixing enlarged earlobes is very fast and is done right in our office under local anesthesia. Depending on the desired look, the earlobe will be reshaped by removing a small wedge, or in some cases recontouring the entire earlobe. Regardless of the technique used, this procedure is quick, taking only about 15 minutes per ear and the results are very rewarding.

Split Earlobe Repair is one of the most common ear treatments people seek. Overtime, earrings pulling on the ears, snagging on clothes and getting yanked on by children can cause the earring holes to split. In some case, the earlobe is partially torn and in other cases it is completely split. Both of these conditions make it difficult to wearing earrings. Another problem seen over recent years is the trend of ear stretching or earring gauging. When someone no longer wants to wear the gauges, he or she is left with large holes in the earlobe, requiring a surgical repair. No matter how bad your earlobes are split or stretched, we can repair the damage to give you a natural and desirable shape to your ear. This in-office surgery is fairly affordable, ranging from $575 to $700.

If you or someone you know is unhappy with the appearance of their ears, schedule a consultation today with one of our award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Peter Butler and Dr. Jocelyn Leveque.