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Ear Gauge Repair
A current trend and popular procedure in facial plastic surgery is 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 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.
Written on June 30, 2018
I had a great experience with Dr. Yamamoto, I walked out immediately feeling more confident! I highly recommend him, you will feel comfortable from the time you step foot in his office and will be feeling completely satisfied with the results you walk out with. He understands that every patient’s desire is unique and will be sure to deliver exactly what you want. I couldn’t be happier with Dr. Yamamoto’s work. Reno is lucky Dr. Yamamoto started his practice here, as he is one of the only face specialists in the area. Don’t make a mistake, see Dr. Yamamoto!
Some 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 protrustion from the side of the head.
During the recovery process, 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.
* Individual results may vary.
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Torn Ear Lobe Repair
This procedure is often done to repair an earlobe that has “torn through” from long term wearing of heavy earrings. This is carefully repaired using special techniques to prevent a noticeable notch at the bottom of the ear, recreating the natural appearance of the entire earlobe. Earlobe repair can be done with local anesthesia in the office. The patient can have their ears re-pierced 8 weeks after the procedure and quickly go back to wearing earrings again.
Written on December 20, 2019
I cannot speak highly enough of Sierra Nevada Cosmetic and Laser Surgery. I had Dr. Yamamoto repair my earlobes and could not be happier with the result. Dr. Yamamoto and his staff are professional, extremely helpful, kind, and enjoyable people all around! A few other points about my experience – the office answered all of my questions, made me feel comfortable and cared for every time I visited, and went above and beyond when I had any concerns. I would recommend even my closest friends and family to Sierra Nevada Cosmetic and Laser Surgery as I trust them to do an amazing job. I would/will definitely go to them again.
Dr. Kyle Yamamoto specializes in facial plastic surgery and strives to deliver world class facelift surgery in Reno, NV. Dr. Kyle Yamamoto can provide you with a beautiful and natural-looking appearance.