A Minimal Procedure with Great Results

Large, long, or pendulous earlobes are occasionally genetic but most often develop with age (due to increasing skin laxity) as well as with prolonged earring use. Dr. Hutchinson can correct earlobes that sag, have extra hanging skin, or are simply too large for the rest of the ear. Recovery time is moderate (typically only one week) and results are permanent.   

Who is a Candidate for Earlobe Reduction?

Adults of middle age and older are the most common patients for earlobe reduction. Anyone who chooses earlobe reduction must be in overall good health and should not have any history of keloids or severe scarring.

Types of Earlobe Reduction 

Dr. Hutchinson performs earlobe reduction surgery in her Upper East Side office. More extensive procedures are performed at her office-based fully AAAASF accredited operating room, which offers the highest quality of patient care and safety.

There are multiple methods for earlobe reduction, but the most commonly used methods are wedge earlobe reduction or peripheral margin earlobe reduction

Forwedge earlobe reduction, Dr. Hutchinson will remove a triangle shaped portion from the earlobe and use expert suturing to leave behind the least visible scar possible while also ensuring that the edges are symmetric and smooth.  The procedure is performed under local anesthesia. 

During peripheral margin earlobe reduction, Dr. Hutchinson will remove excess skin and tissue from the bottom edge of the earlobes. After injection with local anesthesia and marking of the lobes, she will remove the hanging skin and then stitch the wound. 
Earlobe reduction takes approximately half an hour per side.

I feel very lucky to have found Dr. Hutchinson. Everything from first visit to her office to surgery and recovery was fabulous. She obviously has that special touch. Best part is I look great and I also feel so much better about myself. 

Katherine P.


After an earlobe reduction, there will be swelling for about one week. It’s at this point that most patients also have their stitches removed. Common and temporary side effects include minimal discomfort, itching, and numbness.

It’s important to avoid strenuous activity for 48 hours following earlobe reduction surgery, and to not put any pressure (including during sleep) on the lobes until the stitches are removed. 

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Why Choose Dr. Hutchinson?

Upholding the absolute highest standards of quality and care, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Olivia Hutchinson ensures elegant, personalized surgical results that exceed expectations. She has been practicing in Manhattan for 20 years. Our team is focused on providing the safest and most comfortable experience for our patients. You will be seen in an elegant, quiet, and unhurried ambiance, with every member of our staff dedicated to promoting your well-being. To book your consultation, contact us online or call us at (212) 452-1400.

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