Otoplasty (Ear Pinning)

Ears that stick out can be a source of embarrassment for kids and adults. Kids will often say that they are teased about their ears, or feel self-conscious. This can affect the person’s self-esteem and through that many other aspects of their life. Otoplasty (ear pinning) can be performed any time after the age of four to boost self-confidence and make them feel more comfortable.

Although patients of all ages can benefit from otoplasty, young children do particularly well if performed prior to entering school. The ears are “pinned” through incisions behind the ear so they are not visible. Permanent sutures are used for permanent repositioning. We want to make sure the ears stay where we want them. I also address the earlobe at the same time, so the entire ear will be in a natural, flatter position.

After the surgery, you will have a wrap covering your ears for one night. When we remove this, you will wear an exercise headband to protect them while sleeping for the next two weeks. The ears may be tender for several weeks. There will be some swelling and possibly discoloration. Children usually return to school a week after surgery. Adults often resume normal activities the day after.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Wrinkles and sun damage are reversed creating fresh, new skin! Laser resurfacing removes the top layer of skin and the sun damage, wrinkles and pigmentation changes as well. The CO2 laser vaporizes the damaged skin at a precise level.

The CO2 laser vaporizes the damaged top layer of skin, allowing new skin to grow from around the hair follicles and surrounding areas.

This ability to almost “start over” allows us to treat not only wrinkles and sun damage, but scars from trauma, surgery or acne, keratosis or syringomas. In addition, the pores are smaller and texture is better. One of the areas that changes most dramatically are the lines around the mouth, where many people show aging (especially smokers). But the entire face can benefit greatly–anywhere that you have wrinkles can be treated effectively. This is also one of the best treatments for rhinophyma –the condition that some men get that enlarges the tip of the nose with bumps.

What’s crucial to remember about this kind of treatment is that its success depends greatly on the skill of the surgeon using the laser. You need to choose a doctor who’s well-trained and experienced. Because this is a very technique-dependent laser, your doctor should be someone who does laser skin resurfacing on a regular basis.

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