Children who have protruding ears are often ridiculed by their peers and, as adults, go to great lengths with hair styling to conceal them. Dr. Timothy M. Greco, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Philadelphia, can perform otoplasty (ear surgery) for children and adults to correct protruding ears. Otoplasty can usually be performed as early as age 5 or 6, when ears have fully matured. Parents may want to consider having their child complete this surgery before entering school to give them greater self-confidence.
Dr. Greco's practice is limited solely to excellence in aesthetic surgery of the face, and he treats patients from Philadelphia and out of the area. If you would like to speak with him about otoplasty options for your child or for yourself, request a consultation online today, or phone Timothy M. Greco, MD, PC at (610) 664-8830.
Dr. Greco also performs surgery to treat earlobe deformities.
These problems can be corrected with an earlobe repair procedure, which can be performed in the office under local anesthesia. Approximately 6 weeks following the procedure, the ear can be re-pierced with an earring that does not cause an allergy.
Otoplasty and earlobe repair usually involve minimal discomfort, which can be controlled with oral medication.
The otoplasty incision is placed behind the ear. Because all necessary work is performed through this incision, once the scar heals it will be well concealed. In an earlobe repair, the scar is usually not noticeable after it has healed.
Following otoplasty, Dr. Greco places a dressing on the ears to maintain position and keep swelling to a minimum. This will be removed the next day, at which time instructions will be given regarding cleaning and care of the ears. For several weeks, patients must wear a headband over their ears, especially at night, to prevent injury to the ears during sleep.
Following earlobe repair, sutures will remain in place for 5 to 7 days.
Asymmetry between the ears usually exists before surgery, and though it will be improved after surgery, it may still exist to a very minor extent. Your ears may feel numb after surgery and it will be necessary to avoid exposure of your ears to extreme temperatures. During your consultation, we will discuss any potential risks as well as ways to avoid them.
As with other areas of the face, earlobes can undergo changes with aging. This change can be understood when you consider what happens to a grape as it turns into a raisin. The earlobe loses volume and becomes deflated resulting in fine wrinkles. A simple, in office procedure involves injecting a filler such as Restylane® or JUVÉDERM® to plump the earlobes.
This procedure can help your earrings present better when in the earlobes and may also help to partially correct an enlarged piercing. Because the earlobe is not involved with any significant facial expressions, the result of earlobe augmentation with filler may last up to one year.