The ears are one of the most visible facial features, and cosmetic concerns in this area can cause self-consciousness and lowered self-esteem. At Southeastern Dermatology, our ear and earlobe repair surgeries correct these issues and create natural results that restore symmetry to your face.
Contact us today at our Lumberton, North Carolina location to schedule a consultation with board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Andrew Hendricks and find out if you are a candidate for ear or earlobe repair surgery.
What is Ear Surgery?
Also known as otoplasty, ear surgery is performed to correct:
- Birth defects
- Scars from accidents or personal injuries
- Ears that visibly protrude from the head
- Improve the general appearance of large ears
During a typical otoplasty, incisions are made at the back of the ear to minimize visible scarring. Doctor Hendricks will then reshape or remove the cartilage in the ear depending on the type of surgery and, in the case of protruding ears, use sutures to set the ears closer to the head for a more natural appearance.
What is Earlobe Repair Surgery?
Earlobe repair surgery is a quick, simple procedure that is often performed when:
- The patient wore gauges in their ears and stretched the size of their earlobes but now wishes to reverse that process
- Earlobes have been torn all the way through due to earrings or another injury
- There are existing holes in your ears that have torn further
Generally during earlobe repair surgery, some skin is removed and repositioned, then the earlobe is sutured closed.
What is the Recovery Time for Ear and Earlobe Repair Surgery?
While the extent of recovery can vary for both surgeries, healing is minimal for both. Slight discomfort is common but easily controlled with medication that will be prescribed to you by Dr. Hendricks. You will also be given instructions for any aftercare that is necessary for your incision sites and bandages. It is important to follow all aftercare instructions in order reduce the risk of complications and ensure proper healing.
Am I a Good Candidate for Ear or Earlobe Repair Surgery?
Although ear surgery is commonly performed on adults, children also frequently receive this procedure to improve self-confidence. It is typically recommended that younger patients be no younger than four years old and have ear cartilage that has properly developed.
During your consultation, Dr. Hendricks will discuss your health, medical history and cosmetic goals and expectations with you to help you determine if corrective ear surgery is right for you.
Contact Southeastern Dermatology today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hendricks and find out how ear or earlobe repair surgery can benefit you.