Earlobes sewn to face after facelift/neck surgery. Surgeon states “nothing can be done”. Seeking other opinions.
Dr. Dean Kane Q & A
Q. 14 weeks ago I had a platysmaplasty/facelift in South Florida by 20-year board certified plastic surgeon to fix prominent vertical neck bands. Happy with my neck, I didn’t expect to see my unattached earlobes repositioned and sewn to my face. At my 2-months visit, I reported painful popping/pulling of ears, swelling, numbness, restricted jawline and neck, making it dangerous when driving. Unhappy with my ear changes, my doctor suggested I was unappreciative of being made “pretty.” Need a new doctor.
A. Thanks for sharing your photos. Based on these pictures, I would say your face and neck lift look wonderful but I am sorry for your disappointment.
During the facelift incision many nuances are performed in and around the ears to reduce the stigma of facelifts
like pixie earlobe or a wind swept pull done decades ago. Regarding the scars around the ears and earlobe positioning, Tricks of the trade may include:
It appears most of these details were performed.
It is possible that in time as the scars remodel and soften, a more “hanging” earlobe will form. Added weight to the earlobe in the form of a heavier earring may assist in stretching the lobe below the inset of the earlobe.
Patience is prime until the scars are fully healed (soft, redness gone, smooth without lumps). You may consider a revision but you may yet achieve your desires with time. Seek the recommendations of a well experienced Plastic Surgeon who performs revisions for your best outcome.
I wish you the best!
- a “W” scar along the sideburn
- over or behind the tragus incision along the front of the ear
- a notch at the junction of the tragus and earlobe
- earlobe reduction
- inset of the earlobe with a cleft or separation to allow the earlobe to hang
- incision falling inside the posterior ear fold with a 3 point suspension to reduce the drift of the scar
- high posterior transition incision to the neck hairline
- a irregular or “W” incision along the hairline.