Valentine’s Day is a time when significant others get together to celebrate the love they have for one another. After the Christmas holiday gift exchange, a person may not know what to get his or her sweetheart. You can do the cliche thing and get flowers, but it is nicer to get something very personal with great intent. This is where a plastic surgery procedure can make the perfect gift. The plastic surgery gift can be for something small such as a lip injection to create fuller lips, or Botox to remove those unwanted wrinkles. A gift certificate can also be purchased for something bigger, such as facial makeover.
“I find that husbands really like to make their wives feel special on Valentine’s day and the gift of plastic surgery is a great way to do that,” says Dr. Tim Jones, a facial plastic surgery specialist in Oklahoma City. While some men may be hesitate to give there wife a gift that indicates a change in aesthetics, the overwhelming majority would be thrilled with the idea.
Most couples that communicate well have usually spoken about it at some point in the past. Valentine’s Day is a great time to bring it up again in a gentle fashion. If she has expressed interest in the past, she should be really excited about the prospect of a little enhancing. If there has been no discussion in the past, then the topic of plastic surgery can always be brought up by talking about a celebrity to judge your significant other’s reaction. If he or she seems open to plastic surgery, then the door is open to a nice gift.
“Occasionally we’ll have couples come in together for a consultation,” says Dr. Jones. “it’s a great opportunity for us to answer questions for both spouses and to talk about their objectives. It makes the conversation so easy, and it’s often interesting to hear what each spouse has to say about their own flaws. They’ll tell me that one started talking about how much they wished for rhinoplasty and they other mentioned that they always hated their ears. They don’t always choose to both have surgery, but sometimes one will choose surgery and the other will choose just a bit of Botox to erase a few lines.”
If a cosmetic procedure seems like a nice surprise, then a gift certificate might be the perfect gift — packaged in a beautiful heart shaped box of candy. The recipient will still need to have a consultation with Dr. Jones to determine candidacy, but we have an array of options to make sure your gift is absolute perfection! Happy V-Day lovebirds!
Children at school can be relentless. If they see a weakness, a flaw, they can pounce on it like a puma on a jungle rat. Ears that are overly large or that project away from the head are both prime targets for teasing.
Unfortunately, this isn’t only socially difficult, but it can impact a child’s performance in school. More important, it can impact a child’s self-esteem forever.
But there’s no reason a child has to endure this kind of difficulty — Dr. Jones can perform ear surgery to reshape the ears or to move them closer to the head. And now is the perfect time to have the surgery, so your child is fully recovered by the time school rolls around.
What are the problems with the ears?
While not for children alone, ear surgery, clinically known as otoplasty, can change a child’s life. Dr. Jones can reshape overly large or misshapen ears. He can move them closer to the head if they protrude too much. And he can balance ears that aren’t proportional.
What is otoplasty like?
Dr. Jones performs the procedure in his offices, usually under local anesthesia, although general anesthesia may be used in more involved procedures. The procedure can take up to two hours. Incisions are made on the backside of the ear and alterations are made to the ear cartilage to reshape the ear. If the ears are protruding, Dr. Jones simply removes some cartilage on the back of the ears and brings them closer to the head.
After otoplasty, patients wear a protective splint for two to three days and a headband for three weeks to allow the ears to heal. There will be pain and some swelling for the first two days, but that should pass. This isn’t an area that swells a great deal. Normal activities can begin in around one week.
If your child has protruding or “attention grabbing” ears, now is the time to address them. Call us at 405.418.5400 and set up a consultation with Dr. Jones.
Kids don’t usually notice a whole lot about another kid’s appearance, unless there is something that truly sticks out. In the case of the ears, this can be a literal meaning. Children instantly fixate on ears that protrude too far, or are too large or misshapen. And this attention can be a confidence crusher for a child.
But Dr. Jones can perform ear surgery to easily correct this issue before it impacts your child’s self-esteem.
What is otoplasty?
Ear surgery, clinically known as otoplasty, is performed to reshape the ears or reposition them into a more desirable position. Usually, otoplasty is performed to “pin” the ears into a position closer to the head. Conveniently, in this instance the incisions, and future scarring, can be hidden in inconspicuous places.
Who are good candidates for ear surgery?
During your consultation with Dr. Jones, he will determine if your child is a good candidate for the procedure. Parents usually consider having the procedure when the appearance of a child’s ears starts to affect his or her confidence. By the age of 4, the ears are basically finished growing, so surgery can be performed. Other people are born with natural ear defects and opt for reconstructive ear surgery. In adults, torn earlobes due to injury, trauma, or a period of wearing earrings that are much too heavy are the more prevalent reasons for having otoplasty.
During ear pinning surgery, an incision is made behind the ear to gain access to the cartilage. Once the cut is made, the ear cartilage is then recontoured while excess skin in the area is removed. After the ear is repositioned much closer to the head, the surgical cut is closed with sutures or dissolvable stitches. Other types of otoplasty will involve reconfiguring of the ear shape and are, by nature, more involved.
Generally, recovery is not very difficult, especially for fast-healing children. The recovery of self-esteem is even easier!
Does your child need ear surgery? Call Dr. Jones at 405.418.5400 to set up a consultation.
Large, protruding, or misshapen ears can cause a world of teasing from other kids. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Otoplasty, commonly known as ear surgery, is routinely performed by Dr. Jones. Otoplasty can reshape the ears or pin them closer to the head.
Why have ear surgery?
The ears are a very prominent part of the head and face. When a person has ears that are oddly shaped or protruding, it can lead to a lifetime of teasing and jokes. This can permanently damage a child’s self-esteem. The surgical remedy is not complicated, doesn’t require extensive recovery, and doesn’t show much in the way of scarring.
Ear surgery with Dr. Jones is performed in our Leominster offices. Anesthesia is local or general, depending on the patient’s preference. The surgery can take as little as 30 minutes or up to two hours.
Incisions are made on the back sides of the ears. From there, the ear cartilage can be altered to reshape the ears into a more typical curve and look. By placing the incisions behind the ears, there really isn’t any visible scarring.
After otoplasty, patients need to wear a protective splint for two to three days, along with a headband for three weeks. Some pain and swelling is to be expected for a couple days. One week after the surgery patients can basically resume their normal activities, as long as contact with the ears is not involved.
If your child, or even yourself, have ears that stick out too far or that are misshapen in some way, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jones about otoplasty, 978-466-4270.
Are you one of those kids who stretched their earlobes back in the 90s to look way cooler than your peers? Also known as “flesh tunnel”, what was considered fashionable and cool before is now perceived by many as terribly embarrassing. For some, it could even be a major tumbling block to getting what they want career wise.
Take 29-year old Aaron Storck’s case for example. One of the stories in this news article talked about how Aaron’s flesh tunnel (which he started doing when he was 12) had resulted to him feeling that most people whom he interacts with on a daily basis are not taking him seriously. This should not come as a surprise at all since stretched earlobes are stereotypically associated with being rebellious or anarchistic.
Here at our practice, we have noticed an increasing number of requests to correct flesh tunnel and restore overly stretched earlobes to their normal state. Most of the time, these patients are already professionals in their 20s or 30s and are about to shift careers.
The Problem: Gauged Ears
Gauged ears often begin with a regular pierce and consequently widened into a fistula or tunnel by inserting extremely large plugs, cone-shaped tapers, or ear accessories. Unfortunately, the lobes may not shrink back to its normal curve and may look like a deflated balloon when the jewelry or accessory is removed.
The Solution: Earlobeaplasty
For Aaron and the rest of the twenty or thirty-somethings who used to be in a punk band or who simply wanted to fit in with the cool kids back in the days, a corrective ear surgery known as earlobeaplasty is a Godsend. By and large, the procedure takes roughly 30 minutes per earlobe and involves removing a part of the stretched portion and recontouring the ears. Stitches are typically removed after a week and patients can expect full healing within 4 to 6 weeks.
Would you like to learn more about earlobeaplasty? Get in touch with us today by calling 405.418.5400or by filling out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you get your earlobes back to their original states and consequently improve your life!