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Ear Gauge RepairA current trend and popular procedure in facial plastic surgery is the repair of gauged or stretched earlobes. Years of using progressively larger ear gauges can stretch and weaken the skin of the earlobe. Stretching over a long period of time can cause these ear gauges to get up to several inches in diameter. When the time comes that you no longer want to wear your ear gauges, the earlobe skin can be left sagging and floppy. The natural contour of the earlobe is lost and a noticeable gap from the ear gauge can be seen. In order to regain the curvature of your ear, a gauged earlobe repair is performed to reposition the skin and reconstruct the earlobe. Depending on the amount of stretched skin you have, different incisions and rebuilding techniques are used. The ultimate goal is to reconstruct your earlobes to a shape that is just like the ones you were born with. The incisions are carefully designed to hide well within your ear.
This procedure can be done under local anesthesia in the office and takes about one hour, depending on the complexity of the repair. Bandages are worn on the earlobes for a few days and sutures are removed one week later. If you desire, you can also re-pierce your ears after allowing your earlobes to hear for 2 months.A consultation with Dr. Yamamoto will help you determine what type of repair you need you get your old ear lobes back.
* Individual results may vary.
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OtoplastySome people are concerned about their ears sticking out too much. Kids will often get teased by others for having “Dumbo ears” when they protrude too much from the side of the head, while this can be a source of anxiety or torment for children or adults, the problem of protruding ears can be corrected with surgery. Reshaping of protruding ears is called an otoplasty. In this surgery, a combination of removing cartilage and/or special suturing is used to reshape the ears to a more natural and proportioned appearance. This procedure can be performed in children as young as 5 years old but is also very commonly done in adults.
The procedure can take place in either the office setting or the OR. All incisions for the surgery are hidden behind the ear. Any cartilage removed or sutures placed during the surgery are designed to give your ears a natural appearance, with improved contouring of the overall ear shape, and less protrusion from the side of the head.During the recovery process, a headband is worn to protect your new ears for about one week after surgery. Dr. Yamamoto also encourages headband use at night for up to 3 to 4 weeks to protect your ears in their new position. In a very short period of time, you can enjoy your new, better shaped, and proportioned ears.