Cosmetic Ear Procedures Cincinnati
As a prominent feature of the face, normal appearing ears are necessary for a youthful, rejuvenated appearance. Oversized, droopy, and wrinkled earlobes can cause one to look older and less attractive. Congenital ear deformities (protruding ears) in children can lead to diminished self-confidence and psychological problems. Although much is written concerning congenital problems of the ear, very little is written on cosmetic rejuvenation of the earlobes. Below is a summary of the most commonly treated conditions of the ears.
Usually a congenital deformity (present at birth), prominent ears consist of a wide conchal bowl (the bowl shaped part) and a wide conchal-schaphoid angle. This causes an ear to look larger and to protrude more than normal. In school aged children ear deformities can lead to ridicule and harassment from other children, eventually leading to psychological problems. Unless treated at a very early age with non-surgical means, prominent ears will require plastic surgery for correction. Surgical correction of the ears can begin when the child reaches 6 years of age, with the overall goal to set back the ear to an appropriate angle. Most procedures are performed under local anesthesia in the office. An incision is made on the backside of the ear (post-auricular sulcus) and the ear itself eventually hides the resulting scar. The cartilage in the conchal bowl is resected and sutured to the base of the ear followed by diminishing the angle of the ear with further cartilage suturing. The sutures are absorbable and therefore do not need to be removed. Recovery lasts 1-2 weeks and involves wearing a headband to keep the ears pressed tightly against the head. Complications are minimal with the most common complication being slight recurrence of the deformity (due to cartilage memory). If recurrence develops a secondary procedure can be performed.
Earlobes which are too large, misshapen, or too droopy can result in an aged appearance. Loss of connective tissue and diminished elasticity contribute to saggy earlobes. Rejuvenating the earlobes involves removing a wedge shaped piece of tissue from the middle of the earlobe. Suturing then restores a more youthful shape and contour. All procedures are in-office under local anesthesia with minimal complications. After 4 weeks of healing an earring may be replaced in the earlobe.
Split earlobes are the result of trauma to the ear (having an earring pulled out) or wearing heavy earrings for long periods of time. Correction of a split earlobe involves a simple repair followed by placement of an earring in 4 weeks. This 30-minute procedure is performed in-office under local anesthesia.
Wrinkling of the Earlobes
Aging, sun exposure, and genetics all play a role in creation of wrinkles of the earlobe. Correction can include reduction, fat grafting, chemical peeling, and other soft tissue augmentation products.