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  • Local anesthesia
  • 20 minutes per ear
  • No dressing
  • Sutures removed in 7 days
earlobe shortening before
earlobe shortening after

Some patients are unhappy with the length of their earlobes. This can occur in young patients but is even more common in older patients whose earlobes have elongated with aging. A simple earlobe shortening procedure can be performed under local anesthesia to reduce and reshape the earlobe so that it has a more attractive and, in many cases, more youthful appearance. When the earlobes are shortened it is often necessary to move the site of ear piercing to a higher position so that it looks appropriate in the new lobe.

Some patients have elongated earring holes or holes that have completely torn through the earlobe. These elongated or torn ear piercings can be repaired and the ears re-pierced several months later.

Some earlobes are the correct length and shape but have deflated with age. Injecting filler material and/or fat into the earlobe can often make a wrinkled, deflated ear appear more youthful.

Earlobe shortening is often performed as an isolated procedure but can also be performed at the time of an otoplasty procedure or at the time of a facelift procedure. Dr. Thorne offers a range of ear rejuvenation techniques which can improve the overall appearance of your ears.

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Dr. Thorne is consistently highlighted in every publication profiling the Best Doctors in Manhattan or the Best Doctors in the entire United States. He has been featured in the New York Times multiple years running, as well as America's Top Doctors, and has hosted a radio show on plastic surgery alongside dermatologist Dr. Linda Franks.

  • New York Best Doctors 2019
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  • New York Best Doctors 2014
  • New York Best Doctors 2008

  • New York Best Doctors 2005
  • Americas Top Doctors 2002
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