In most cases, protruding ears make a minimal impact on your overall appearance. Severely protruding ears, however, can not only affect your looks but can also be damaging to your self-esteem. Discussing these issues with an experienced Houston cosmetic surgeon can sometimes provide you with options that can help you correct these issues and can enhance your self-image. Here are some of the most important facts you should consider when planning corrective surgery for protruding ears.
Genetic Factors Are Usually at Fault
For most people with overly large or protruding ears, this trait was inherited from one or both parents who may or may not have this characteristic themselves. In some cases, however, patients may have protruding ears because of birth defects or mutations in the bone structure or cartilage formations inside the ear. Regardless of the cause for these issues, they can often be corrected with relative ease by a Houston cosmetic surgery specialist.
Early Treatment Can Be Effective
If protruding ears are identified in early childhood, taping and splinting the ear to alter its shape and angle can sometimes be very effective in changing the silhouette of the ear and improving its overall appearance. Taping treatments typically require a few months to complete and tend to be more successful with younger patients. Children under the age of six years are less likely to see recurrences of the improper positioning of the ear and can expect the best results from taping and splinting.
Surgery Is a Solid Option
For adult patients, a cosmetic procedure known as otoplasty can offer added help in correcting protruding ears and improving confidence among those with seriously protruding ears. In some cases, you may be able to combine your ear correction surgery with a Houston face lift procedure, allowing you to enhance your appearance dramatically in one combined surgical step. This can lower the risk associated with multiple surgeries and can save you money on facility fees and anesthesia costs.
New Methods May Offer Greater Convenience
A new non-surgical method for treating prominent and protruding ears may allow patients to achieve small improvements without the risks of cosmetic surgery. Known as Earfold®, this relatively new procedure uses positioners to hold ear cartilage in place and to reshape the folds of the ear to create a more attractive appearance. The treatment is still relatively new and may not produce the long-term or dramatic results possible with surgery, however.
The experts at Capriotti Cosmetic and Laser Surgery can provide you with the most accurate information on the latest treatments and the best options for enhancing your personal appearance. To learn more about treatments for protruding ears and other cosmetic issues, call us today at 713-674-7201. We look forward to the opportunity to help you look your best.