The Kardashian family is no stranger to plastic surgery, but Kris Jenner’s earlobe reduction surgery is getting a lot of attention lately. The procedure, recently broadcast as part of the Keeping up with the Kardashians television show (I know—we were somewhat surprised to find that the TV show is still on as well), involved Jenner reducing the size of her ears with a couple of triangular incisions.
Kris Jenner’s Earlobe Reduction Surgery
This procedure might seem a little odd at first glance. Earlobe reduction surgery isn’t quite as famous as, say, breast augmentation. But it’s actually a fairly common procedure. The demographics for earlobe reduction surgery are also quite diverse. It’s one of those procedures that appeals to a wide variety of patients (even in some extreme cases, children).
That’s why I think it’s worth taking a look at Kris Jenner’s earlobe reduction surgery in order to see what we can learn from her experience.
Jenner’s Surgical Experience
As mentioned above, Jenner is no stranger to plastic surgery. In the past, she has undergone both breast augmentation and reduction procedures, as well as a facelift. But that doesn’t mean that this new procedure, her earlobe reduction surgery, is going to get fewer headlines.
Apparently, Jenner’s ears had been something of a sore spot for quite some time, and she often complained about the overall size of them. A surgical solution is not right for everyone, but it made sense for Jenner.
The procedure can be seen (at least in bits and pieces) on the television show. It goes something like this:
- Earlobe reduction surgery is performed on an outpatient basis
- The procedure itself takes roughly thirty minutes to perform
- Patients are able to return home after a brief in-office recovery session
- The duration of recovery will take place at home, and will depend on the individual patient as well as the type of earlobe reduction surgery performed
- Patients usually have some behavioral restrictions for quite some time (for example, patients may be given instructions to sleep in a certain way or not wear earrings for some time)
In many ways, Jenner’s experience was not atypical.
The Appeal of Earlobe Reduction Surgery
The earlobe reduction surgery itself is usually labeled as a kind of minimally invasive procedure. And that’s true as far as it goes. Surgeons will typically remove a small, triangular section of the earlobe (depending on the patients’ desired final results). This can typically be performed using only local anesthesia.
The appeal of this particular procedure is twofold. First, the procedure itself is less invasive. A less invasive procedure means that recovery time is minimized right along with discomfort. To be sure, you’ll still need to follow your surgeon’s recovery instructions. But the recovery usually won’t be as intense as more invasive procedures (such as a facelift).
The other side of the appeal is an aesthetic one. Obviously, the ears can be an area of discomfort for some patients. One might feel self conscious about one’s ears. In many cases, when the earlobe is too large, it makes the ear feel out of proportion.
Drawing Attention to Themselves
In other words, some patients can feel as though the ears draw too much attention to themselves. It’s not all that different from how some patients who pursue a rhinoplasty feel about their noses. When one piece of anatomy is out of proportion with the rest of the face, it can feel as though that piece of anatomy takes on an outsized role.
In other words, patients will complain that it feels as though everyone is staring at their noses. It can be an uncomfortable feeling. But many patients report that it gets significantly better after an earlobe reduction procedure.
The Right Earlobes for Your Face
That’s because an earlobe reduction procedure isn’t going to simply reduce your earlobes to an arbitrary point. Instead, earlobe reductions are designed to minimize your earlobes so that they are proportional to the rest of your face.
It’s likely that Jenner’s surgeons took a similar approach. They would have reduced her earlobes to a size that was more in proportion to her face and that Jenner herself would have felt comfortable with.
Sometimes patients seek out this procedure due to aging. (Aging, after all, can increase the size of earlobes.) Sometimes it’s genetic. Whatever the reason, patients are usually looking to transform not only their ears but their faces as well. They want the earlobes that are going to make them feel confident again. That this can be accomplished is, overall, a good thing. And that’s why even though Kris Jenner’s earlobe reduction surgery might seem a little bizarre, it’s actually an incredibly common (and, for many, useful) procedure.