One of the most common types of procedure for the ear is the earlobe repair (repair of torn earlobes). These procedures often help those who are frustrated with the holes created for earrings which have torn all the way to the edge of the earlobe. It also can repair the large holes in earlobes created by trendy "plugs" or "gauges", which are common for both men and women.
Cutting a small notch on the torn lobe then meticulously stitching the lobe back together is generally how this procedure is performed. Patients who want to re-pierce the lobe can do so after about 6 weeks.
See several photos of this procedure in our Before & After Gallery.
Another type of ear surgery (otoplasty) can be performed to reposition protruding ears, correct deformities and awkward folding, adjust contour and size as well, as repair torn earlobes. While this procedure does not alter a patients’ hearing it may improve appearance resulting in a dramatic increase in self-confidence.
The procedure is generally performed as an outpatient procedure and takes about 2 hours. To reposition the prominent or protruding portion of the ear closer to the head, your surgeon will make a small incision behind the ear to expose ear cartilage. The cartilage is then sculpted to bend the ear back closer to the head.
Ear deformities such as "lop-ear deformity," where the fold of hard raised cartilage in the upper portion of the ear does not form, can be corrected by placing permanent stitches in the upper ear cartilage to create a fold. In time, scar tissue forms, reinforcing the folds ability to stay in place. Other deformities of the ear, whether congenital or due to trauma, often are corrected by using rib cartilage, an implant or a patients’ own soft tissue. A closed ear, seen in infants, can be surgically opened and reshaped to look similar to the other ear. If a patients’ hearing is intact, surgically opening the ear can provide the ability to hear normally.
There are many benefits to having ear surgery, including cosmetic, form and function. The psychological benefit following ear surgery can often surpass a patients’ expectation. Our cosmetic surgeons at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery would love to meet with you to answer other questions you may have and further explain the procedure in a consultation. A consultation will allow you to make an informed decision if this procedure is right for you.
Types of Anethesia
At Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, you will have your surgical procedure performed in one of the only dedicated cosmetic surgery centers in Colorado that is both fully state licensed and The Joint Commission Accredited. We are proud to care for your anesthesia needs with one of our board certified anesthesiologists from South Denver Anesthesia. Our board-certified anesthesiologists will be with you from beginning to end insuring your comfort during the surgical procedure. Anesthesia choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor and anesthesiologist will recommend the best choice for you.
All Surgery Carries Some Uncertainty & Risk
Ear surgery is relatively straightforward. But as with any operation, there are risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with this procedure.
To learn more about ear repair surgery, contact our board certified plastic surgeons at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery in Lone Tree serving Denver and all of Colorado. You can schedule a free cosmetic consultation at 303-706-1100 to take a tour of our state-of-the-art facility.