Blog — Notes of a Plastic Surgeon

Welcome to my blog. I am a plastic surgeon in Seattle and have been in private practice since 1991. I've seen more than a few interesting faces and cases through my years spent in the exam room, the operating room and the emergency room. And I have an opinion on just about everything relating to plastic surgery (and a lot of unrelated stuff). If you like my blog, let me know. Thanks for reading! Lisa

Category: Earlobes

Prominent ears – a little tape is worth an operation.

August 30th, 2012 — 1:47pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon discusses treating prominent ears.

Prominent earsThis week I operated on a young man with prominent ears.  He was starting college out of state in a month and decided to have his prominent ears fixed before heading off. 

His ear deformity was the most common one we plastic surgeons see.  His ears stuck out straight and he lacked a normal fold in his cartilage. 

Otoplasty refers to surgery that reshapes the ear.  In this patient’s case, an incision was made on the back of the ear, the cartilage exposed and stitches placed in the cartilatge to creat a fold.  This folds the ear back closer to the head.  He will be sore and swollen for a few days and in a head band for a week.  After his incisions heal, only his barber will see his scars. 

This young man may have been able to avoid surgery if his ears had been taped when he was a newborn.  Newborn ear cartilage is very flexible and can be molded in the first few weeks on life.  If a baby has ears that stick out and do not have the normal fold, taping them back is often very effective.  

Soooooo………………..if you know a little newborn Dumbo, you may want to consider a little tape.  It could save an operation down the road. 

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder


Earlobes, General Health, Non-invasive, Now That's Cool

Do your earlobes need a little attention before that big job interview?

December 28th, 2011 — 9:19pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon gives some unsolicited advise on earlobe interview etiquette.

These earlobes are not interview ready.

This year I received many a Christmas card with the family photo and I am always amazed at how fast all of our kids grow up.  I also am amazed at the various hairdos and facial adornments my friends’ children seem to come up with as they reach young adulthood.    I am so thankful that I have promised each of my children $$$$$ for a no above- the-collar-bone- mutilation or tattto prior to college graduation and/or real job.   This job market  has to be brutal for new  grads, especially new  grads with earlobe issues like a few of my friends’ offspring now have.

 About 6 months ago I interviewed a lovely young lady who I really though might be the total package for the position we were filling until I saw her earlobes.  They peaked out from her tidy and stylish coif and screamed at me “CLUELESS”, “POOR JUDGEMENT” or “I DON’T GIVE A RIP“.  Black metal gauges the size of a faucet washer do not make it in a plastic surgery office.  Sorry, but looks matter.  They matter a lot.  That’s what keeps me in business.   A teeny, tiny nose stud or eyebrow stud —– maybe, just maybe but not this True Value Hardware look.  I don’t care about Honor Roll or Phi Beta Kappa.  This was a deal breaker.

 So if you are out looking for a real job, a real career, where you will be treated and paid like a real grown up and you have earlobe issues, you might want to look into earlobe repair.  The vast majority of stretched earlobes can be fixed and made to pass for normal with a little plastic surgery.  Cost, scars and recovery will vary with the damage that has been inflicted.  Give me a call.  I’m here to help you with that job interview.

 Thanks for reading.  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

Earlobes, Now That's a Little Weird, Plastic Surgery

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