I was born with an ear lobe deformity - how do I fix it to match my other ear? (photos)
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Depending on your examination, the nodule in front of your left ear lobe may be removed.
Ear lobe deformity
From just looking at the pictures, this would be a pretty easy thing to fix. Of course, without a full physical exam (being able to feel it and look in and behind the ear) I cannot tell you anything for certain, but I think it could be fixed with just some numbing medicine to the area in the office. A few stitches and trying not sleep on that side would be all you'd need for recovery.
Best of luckDr Rodman
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The way you fix an earlobe deformity is by finding an exceedingly well trained Board Certified plastic surgeon experienced in congenital ear deformities. I would start by Googling Massachusetts plastic surgeon/congenital ear deformity or by calling the Departments of Plastic Surgery at some of the world famous Boston hospitals and asking the staff which one of their plastic surgeons has the greatest experience in ear and earlobe reconstruction.
While I agree with many of your other RealSelf experts that the technical skills for cutting and sewing your left earlobe to become more like your right is relatively simple, the diagnosis of your earlobe deformity and the various techniques available to correct it are quite complex and require a master artist and surgeon.
If you were my patient, I might consider a reverse helical slide with connection of the proximal remnant to the advancing helical rim and a tongue and groove final closure.
However, if you were my sister, I would recommend you call Dr. Burt Brent of Woodside, California and ask him which one of his ear reconstructive protegees is in your neck of the woods.
Repair asymmetric ear lobe
- Your photos are helpful and suggest that a minor office procedure may be all you need to get improvement.
- The result will not match the other side but should look normal
- (No one has perfectly matching ear lobes.)
- Boston is full of excellent plastic surgeons -
- Find a plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic plastic surgery and arrange a consultation.
This is most likely an accessory tragus and could be shaved off in a matter of minutes. There are certainly multiple methods to correct this and we are at a disadvantage with only photos and not a clinical exam. However, this would be a simple correction.
I was born with an ear lobe deformity - how do I fix it to match my other ear?
Good Afternoon Thank you for your question. This looks as though it can be repaired with a minor procedure with local anesthetic to make it look more like your right ear. Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to have a proper physical assessment and the best outcome.Best of Luck, Dr. K.
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