When people think of plastic surgery, a few procedures probably come to mind immediately. They think of rhinoplasty, which has long been one of the most popular surgeries. If they’re thinking about reducing the signs of aging, they might picture a facelift.
But facial plastic surgery is about more than simply correcting noses and easing the signs of aging. A number of under-the-radar plastic surgeries can help to correct specific concerns or concerns that many people might not even think about. Here are a few under-the-radar plastic surgeries with information about who they can help and why one of them might be right for you.
While some people are teased relentlessly about the size or shape of their nose, others get picked on because of the size of their ears. Some kids are born with ears that protrude or stick out from the head. When the ears stick out very prominently, it can lead to teasing from others. Even if they aren’t teased, some children might feel very self-conscious about the size or positioning of their ears.
Otoplasty might not be a particularly well-known plastic surgery or a surgery that everyone’s talking about. But it is a surgery that can correct a specific problem and improve a person’s quality of life.
Often, the ideal time for otoplasty is when a person is young but after his or her ears have stopped growing. Many children who are candidates have the surgery when they are around five or six years-old. Their ears are the right size, but they usually haven’t started going to school yet.
That said, it is possible for adults to benefit from otoplasty as well. It could be that you never had the surgery and have gone through your life with protruding ears. It could also be that you had a surgery when you were younger, but were never quite happy with the results. Some adults consider otoplasty after an injury to the ear.
Otoplasty isn’t the only type of plastic surgery that can correct an issue with the ears. While otoplasty is usually performed on kids, earlobe repair procedures are typically reserved for adults.
There are a few reasons why you might consider earlobe repair. One is that, like any other part of the body, the earlobes aren’t immune from the effects of aging. They can become floppy and droopy as you get older. Depending on how much they sag, the earlobes can be a source of embarrassment or discomfort.
In some cases, the choices a person makes in his or her youth might lead them to undergo earlobe repair later on. One common reason people seek out the surgery is to correct stretched out piercings. The surgery can also repair tears in the ear lobe that occur when you wear earrings that are too heavy.
Usually, earlobe repair is a quick procedure that takes less than two hours. Recovery takes about a week. After the surgery, you’ll want to avoid re-piercing the ears or wearing earrings unless your surgeon says otherwise.
Some people think their nose is simply too large for their face and seek rhinoplasty to reduce its size. But, occasionally, it’s not the nose that’s to blame, it’s the chin. Rather than having a too-big nose, some people simply have a too-small chin.
During chin augmentation, a surgeon corrects the size of the chin by adding an implant. The addition of the implant can help bring balance to the face, making the nose and other features seem like they are the appropriate size. Depending on your facial features, a chin augmentation on its own might be all you need to properly balance out your features. Some people benefit from combining rhinoplasty and chin augmentation to create a more symmetrical look overall.
There are also instances when a chin is too large in comparison to the rest of a person’s facial features. In that case, a chin reduction procedure, which often involves shaving off a part of the chin bone, might be in order.
Whatever your concern is, there is likely a plastic surgery that can help to correct or improve it. To learn more about facial plastic surgery and what your options are, schedule a consultation with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon today.
In West Palm Beach, Florida, Dr. Michael Schwartz performs a variety of facial plastic surgeries, from rhinoplasty and chin augmentation, to otoplasty and earlobe repair. To schedule a consultation, call 561-228-5888 today.