Otoplasty describes surgical techniques to improve protruding or prominent ears (“Dumbo ears”). Depending on the characteristics of the ear, correction may involve suturing techniques to improve the position of the ear cartilage, scoring or minute incisions in the cartilage, and occasionally, may involve removal of some cartilage and skin behind the ear. While this procedure may be performed in school age children, it may also be performed in adults. Protruding ears can cause a great deal of poor self-esteem and it is extremely rewarding, especially in children, to see happiness and improved self-image upon removal of the bandages after surgery. Like other facial plastic procedures, this surgery is customized for your ear.
Lobuloplasty (Earlobe Repair)
As popularized by the Kardashians, ear lobe rejuvenation can be a very simple, but effective way to rejuvenate the ears. As we get older, earlobes tend to lose volume and become thinner. With long-term earring use, the ear piercings can become stretched or torn. An extreme example of this is having the earlobe stretched with gauges. Earlobes can be quickly repaired in the office using local anesthesia and patients frequently return to work afterwards.
Dr. Vipond has a number of different techniques, some of which were invented by him, to help fix the damage of earrings and time. Proper evaluation in the office is necessary to determine the best approach for you.
Non-invasive options for thin, elongated earlobes include filler and fat grafting. An Ear Lobe lift can help shorted hanging earlobes, while torn or stretched piercings can be repaired.