Otoplasty (ear surgery) may be performed to set back ears which appear prominent. During surgery the underlying cartilage is reshaped and sutured in position closer to the head in proportion with other facial features. Small incisions are made behind the ears to expose the ear cartilage. The resultant scars are well-concealed and often hidden by the patient’s hair.
Otoplasty is performed as out-patient surgery, most commonly under local anesthetic. Patients are required to wear a bandage dressing following ear surgery for one week. This applies gentle support for the ears during early healing. Patients may generally return to work within one week of surgery, however should refrain from strenuous activity or heavy lifting for one month post-operatively.
The following earlobe procedures may also be performed in a minor procedure room setting:
Earlobes may lose volume through facial aging. Augmentation with hyaluronic acid fillers may be performed to restore a more youthful appearance of the earlobes. Filler injections within this region may restore earlobe volume as well as soften wrinkles which may become more prominent over time.
Torn earlobe repair
Earlobe piercing tracts may become elongated due to heavy earring wear or following an episode of trauma. Both stretched and torn earlobe piercings may be corrected under local anesthetic. The piercing tract or cleft (if completely torn) is excised and then closed using small stitches on the front and back of the earlobe. These sutures are removed one week later. It is recommended to delay re-piercing the earlobe for approximately 4-6 months to lower the risk of recurrent stretching or pull-through
Earlobes may also be reduced for cosmesis. The resultant scar is placed along the earlobe-cheek junction to minimize its appearance over time. The stitches are removed one week later.
Earlobe reduction following earlobe spacers/expansion
It is also possible to reduce earlobes that have been expanded. It is generally recommended to first downsize the spacers over a few months to allow the piercing tract to contract. Reconstruction may then be performed to reduce the redundant earlobe tissue and to improve contour.
Bandages are not required beyond the first 24 hours following earlobe surgery. Wound care instructions will be provided.
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