Many people have stretched their earlobes as a fashion statement. Now that many of them have moved on to other trends, they no longer want to continue or maintain the stretched earlobes.
The good news is that for some people, the earlobes will shrink back to normal size. It can take several months to over a year of shrinking, but they can return to their original size.
For other people, the skin will not shrink completely. The only way to return the ears to their original appearance is through earlobe surgery, otherwise known as otoplasty.
Otoplasty is cosmetic correction of the ears or ear lobes. This cosmetic procedure can be performed with a local anesthetic, but many ask for general anesthesia with an anesthesiologist present during the surgery. It greatly depends on pain tolerance.
During the procedure, the plastic or cosmetic surgeon in New York make use skin grafts or cartilage from another area of the face or body. This will simulate a normal ear shape.
Otoplasty patients are usually satisfied with the results. This is one of the few cosmetic surgeries that does not leave behind a visible scar. Experienced plastic and cosmetic surgeons in New York City can hide the incision behind the lobe or ear.
Following the procedure, many patients need help with walking because they may feel dizzy from the anesthesia and pain. Painkillers may be prescribed to help with the recovery process.
Some swelling can be expected, so it’s best to keep the head elevated. Drinking a lot of water can also help with swelling and healing.
Our plastic and cosmetic surgeons in New York City prescribe antibiotics to lessen the risk of infection. It’s important to take the antibiotics exactly as prescribed even if it seems as though the area has healed completely.
A compression garment may be required after surgery depending on the intensity of the procedure. This will be discussed during the pre-op and post-op appointments. Be sure to follow the suggestions from the plastic and cosmetic surgeon in the Manhattan or Commack, Long Island office.
Schedule a Free Consultation for Otoplasty
To learn more about otoplasty, please contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York. Our plastic and cosmetic surgeons in Commack, Long Island and Manhattan can help you get your ears back to their original shape and size. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and until 6:00 PM on Saturdays.