Dr. Paul Gardner, a top board-certified Naples cosmetic surgery specialist, lends his remarkable surgical skills and eye for aesthetics to ear reshaping surgery to help patients obtain the looks they desire. He takes pride in helping patients throughout the Naples area meet their cosmetic goals by altering the size and/or shape of the ears to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing and balanced look.
Ear reshaping is one of the top requested plastic surgery procedures for children. Many children experience teasing and ridicule at school because of malformed ears, which severely damages their self-esteem and can hinder their confidence as an adult. In other instances, adults have experienced discomfort with prominent or asymmetrical ears for years and seek Dr. Gardner to correct the problem with otoplasty.
Dr. Gardner is a firm believer that every cosmetic surgery procedure should be tailored to meet the individual concerns and goals of the patient. He meets with each of Naples otoplasty patients personally to evaluate their ears and understand their concerns and hopes for ear reshaping. Using this information, he creates a personalized treatment plan that is as unique as the patient.
Patients can undergo ear reshaping as young as five years old, as well as later in adulthood. It is often recommended that patients undergo otoplasty at a young age because the cartilage is more pliable, giving plastic surgeons more flexibility during reshaping; however, Dr. Gardner is highly successful at treating adult patients as well.
Dr. Gardner offers two techniques of otoplasty. In the first technique, he begins with a small incision in the back of the ear, then surgically extracts and reshapes the cartilage in order to pull the ears closer to the head. In the second technique, he maintains the cartilage but extracts excess skin and uses sutures to shape the cartilage to help patients with prominent ears. In addition to cartilage and/or skin extraction, Dr. Gardner may use non-removable stitches in order to help the ears heal properly in their new position.
Dr. Gardner also treats patients with malformed ears that have been damaged due to trauma. To ensure symmetry, he often performs otoplasty on both ears, even if only one ear has been damaged.
Following the procedure, Dr. Gardner will dress patients' heads in thick bandages in order to minimize swelling and promote quicker recovery periods. Patients are typically able to remove the dressings after one to two days, and need one to two weeks of downtime before returning to their daily activities.
Otoplasty boasts one of the lowest complication rates out of all plastic surgery procedures. Naples otoplasty patients who undergo ear reshaping with Dr. Gardner and follow his post-operative instructions should feel confident that they will have pleasant recoveries and beautiful results.
Dr. Gardner takes pride in offering patients unsurpassed, compassionate care that produces stunning results. He and his team work diligently to put patients at ease and to answer any questions they might have throughout the procedure. To learn more about ear reshaping with Dr. Gardner, contact his office today at (239) 566-2611 to schedule a consultation.
At Dr. Gardner's modern cosmetic surgery office in Naples, patients are offered numerous options to improve their appearance and diminish the signs of aging. Some otoplasty patients choose to receive additional facial plastic surgery procedures, including browlift and eyelid surgery. In addition, Dr. Gardner has earned a reputation as a top face lift Naples surgeon.