Ear Lobe Repair | Otoplasty
Ears that stick out, and Earlobes that have stretched or torn piercings, or that are elongated and long, can be a source of embarrassment. Dr. Zakhary, an expert Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgeon, Facial Cosmetic Surgeon, can correct and improve these issues in her clinic in Calgary, Alberta.
If you are considering ear pinning surgery (Otoplasty) or earlobe repair, it is very important to choose the right surgeon. The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery highly recommends that you choose a surgeon is specialty trained and certified in Facial Plastic Surgery. You can rest assured that Dr. Zakhary is expertly trained in Head and Neck Surgery and is American Board Certified in Facial Plastic Surgery, and she specializes exclusively in cosmetic surgery of the Face, Ears and Neck
- Ear Lobe Repair
Otoplasty surgery, commonly referred to as Ear Pinning Surgery, is usually performed when a child reaches school age in order to avoid classroom teasing and long term emotional scarring. Dr. Zakhary, a specialty Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery - Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Specialist in Calgary, also performs Otoplasty surgery on adults who have felt embarrassed or self conscious about their prominent ears for many years. Ear pinning surgery is not as simple as it may seem, and requires precision, attention to detail, and the expert knowledge of the cartilage structure of the ears that Dr. Zakhary possesses.
The goal is to move the ears back towards the back of your head while keeping them looking natural and not too flat, and to bring the ears into a more pleasing harmony with the rest of your facial features. All the incisions will be hidden behind your ears.
Dr. Zakhary usually performs Otoplasty or Ear pinning surgery in a fully accredited Calgary surgical facility, under general anesthesia, and typically this procedure can be performed within 2-2.5 hours. During the ear pinning surgery, the ear cartilage is carefully repositioned and reshaped with multiple permanent sutures to correct or restore the overall position, shape, proportion and symmetry of the ears. In the future, one or two of these sutures may be rejected by your body, and if this happens, they can be easily removed, leaving the overall corrected shape of your ears unchanged.
As with every surgery, Ear pinning or Otoplasty surgery has some risks. These rare risks include bleeding, infection, ear discomfort, possible recurrence of prominent ears over time, and reaction to anesthesia. These and other concerns should be discussed with Dr. Zakhary during your consultation appointment. Dr. Zakhary will give you detailed preparation and post surgery instructions for care of your ears, in order to help you to minimize these risks.
The best candidates for Otoplasty surgery are individuals who are physically and psychologically healthy, who are emotionally ready to understand the benefits, limitations and risks of this surgery, and who have realistic expectations for this procedure. Following surgery, the ears may not match one another exactly. Normally, both ears are rarely exactly alike, although Dr. Zakhary may be able to make them look similar.
In some cases, more than one procedure may be necessary to improve the ear shape and ensure the best results.
It is very important to choose the correct facial cosmetic surgeon to perform this intricate procedure, and Dr. Zakhary has the training and skill required to provide you with the best education, information and best possible results with this surgery.
The positive results of Otoplasty (ear pinning) surgery are usually obvious as soon as your bandages are removed, and the self esteem benefits will last a lifetime. Call Dr. Zakhary's Calgary office today at 403-450-3759 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zakhary that could dramatically improve your life.
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Dr. Zakhary is one of the few facial cosmetic surgeons in Calgary who offers Earlobe repair surgery to repair torn or stretched earlobe piercings. She performs this procedure with great skill and attention to detail. Ear lobe rejuvenation is the newest trend in facial plastic surgery, and it requires expertise and precision. Dr. Zakhary is uniquely trained in facial plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery of the ears, and she has the expertise required to beautifully correct torn or stretched ear lobes.
Just like other areas in the face, earlobes tend to lose volume and elasticity over time, leading to elongation, sagging, creases and an over-all older appearance.
Split ear lobes or long ear lobe piercings usually occur as the result of the weight of heavy earrings on pierced ears, stretchers or expanders that are used to enlarge earlobe piercings, or they may be caused by accidental trauma, such as an earring being pulled from your ear.
Keloid scars of earlobes are lumpy and large scars that can occur after ear piercings, particularly on the back surface of the top of the ears. Dr. Zakhary can remove a Keloid scar, and then maintains close follow up with you in order to monitor your healing and prevent the Keloid scar from recurring.
Earlobe rejuvenation surgery hides one of the telltale signs of trauma or aging, and also has functional value since it allows your earrings to sit properly in your earlobe, rather than drooping off your ears, and can reverse the look of stretched ear piercings, which may no longer be appropriate for you.
Ear lobe repair or rejuvenation is usually a quick, painless and very rewarding procedure. Dr. Zakhary performs this surgery as an in-office procedure, under Local anesthesia. It takes about 1-2 hours depending on the situation, and on whether Dr. Zakhary will perform ear lobe repair one or both of your ears.
A torn ear lobe cannot be just sutured shut without removing a thin layer of skin, or else the scar will contract and shrink upwards over time, leading to a mis-shapen ear lobe. In order to prevent this, Dr. Zakhary removes a thin layer of skin from the edges of the earlobe piercing, and then the edges are carefully together with a special technique called a "z-plasty" to increase the chance that the earlobe contour will remain round, and to avoid an indentation where the scar lays. The scar will fade over time, and will eventually not be noticeable.
After earlobe repair surgery, the stitches are easily and painlessly removed in about five to seven days, and ears may safely be pierced again in about 6 to 8 weeks. Dr. Zakhary will be able to recommend a good ear piercing location in Calgary, Alberta for you to re-pierce your ears at the appropriate time.
If you have sagging or elongated large earlobes, which usually comes with age, a Dr. Zakhary can also shorten the earlobe using a similar technique, in her office in Calgary, under local anesthesia.
Fillers can also be used to add volume to a deflated earlobe and to correct earlobe wrinkles for months to years.
The goal of earlobe rejuvenation is to create earlobes that have a more normal shape and size, which are in harmony with the rest of your facial features. Dr. Kristina Zakhary, is a trained otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon Specialized and Practicing Exclusively in Facial Cosmetic Surgery, who is Board Certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She is skilled in the best techniques for repairing split ear lobes, shortening long sagging earlobes, repairing keloid scars, and correcting the overall shape of your earlobes.
For more information about Earlobe Repair or Earlobe Rejuvenation procedures, please call our Calgary office at 403-450-3759 now and book a consultation with Dr. Kristina Zakhary.