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Facelift Caused Ear to Look Strange

This is after 7 months. The f/l was version of short-scar. Notice it pulls back, or otherwise looks strange. The other side doesn't look like this. What caused this? Is there any way it might be repaired? Thank you for you help.

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Facelift surgery causing a change in the shape of the ear lobe

The problem that you show in the picture results from inadequate skin resection during facelift surgery. This can be fixed under local anesthesia as an office procedure. A much more difficult problem would have been a pixie ear deformity which results from excessive skin resection. Talk to your surgeon about a fix.

New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Sometimes earlobes may look altered after facelifts

Fortunately, fixing or revision most earlobe changes are simple and can be performed in the office under local anesthesia. There are a few more difficult earlobe problems, such as a "pixie" ear deformity, which is not what you have from the submitted photos.

Steven J. Pearlman, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Strange looking ear after facelift.

This can be repaired easily by your surgeon. It can be done under local anesthesia in 15 minutes and you can go to work the next day.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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This can be fixed

You have pre-tragus excess skin and also extra skin in lower part of the tragus. This can be fixed in office and under local anesthesia. Please ask your surgeon about this and he be glad to fix it for you

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
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Ear can be fixed after facelift.

The picture shows excess skin on the lower part of your earlobe. This can be caused during the facelift if enough skin is not removed. It can be easily corrected in your plastic surgeon's office under local anesthesia.

Best Regards,

Dr. Speron

Sam Speron, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Facelift Causing ear to look strange


The part of your ear that is being pulled forward is called the tragus. The incision is most likely "post-tragal". It is used by some surgeons in an attempt to hide the incision of a facelift. The problem is that it can pull the tragus forward making for an obvious facelift look.



Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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A Very Fixable Problem

As has already been noted on this topic, the appearance of your earlobe is related to a small amount of skin excess where the lower cheek meets the earlobe.  I agree that simple resection of skin and re-inset of the earlobe would be appropriate.  One point I would like to add is that under-resection of skin is far preferable to over-resection of skin, which leads to a far less pleasing outcome.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Ear Lobe Revision After Facelift

Your ear lobe can be revised very easily under local anesthesia. Although the ear lobes are rarely identical, I would ask your surgeon to improve the appearance of this ear.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift caused ear distortion

Cutting corners in doing a "short scar" FL at times causes these complications and poor results. They can be corrected in a minor revision under local anesthesia, which the operative surgeon should be happy to do. This would keep you and make you happy.

From MIAMI Dr. B

Excess skin in front of Ear Lobule after FaceLift

The only deformity you appear to have is a small amount of excess skin heaped up in front of the ear lobule. You do not have other much more serious "pulled" or "pixie" ear deformities seen with some Facelifts. In your case, the skin fullness can be flattened rather easily in your surgeon's office.

Good Luck.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 78 reviews

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