Now that mask wearing has become commonplace due to the pandemic, it has led to interesting trends developing in the cosmetic surgery sector. At first, patients rushed to have their eyes treated. However, a new trend is emerging which you may find surprising, and that’s cosmetic surgery on the ears.
Here, we’ll look at how masks are contributing to an increase in ear related procedures.
Why is ear reshaping surgery becoming more popular?
When you are wearing a mask, it fits around the ears. This can cause them to become a lot more noticeable than usual. While this problem corrects itself in most people once the mask is removed, for those with naturally protruding ears, it can highlight the problem.
Surgeons have noticed that the majority of new patients requesting this type of treatment are young adults. It also tends to be more popular for older men. This is because as we age, our earlobes tend to get longer.
These are just some of the reasons surgery on the ears is becoming more popular.
What procedures can you have done on the ears?
There are a couple of procedures that can be carried out to reshape and fix the ears. Surgery can be carried out to address issues with overgrown cartilage or the folding of the ear. With this option, it will take six months for the new cartilage to hold its position.
Other procedures include pinning the ears back, reshaping and reducing the size of the ears. With most procedures, bandages will need to be worn for a couple of weeks after the surgery. Scarring will typically be hidden behind the ear and the scar tissue that develops helps to keep the ear in its new position.
Things to consider
While ear surgery can help you to regain your confidence, there are a few things you should consider. If you are purely thinking of having the procedure due to recent mask wearing guidelines, you may want to hold off. We won’t be wearing masks forever so your current hang-ups over your appearance may disappear with time.
It is best to have a consultation with a qualified cosmetic surgeon to see whether you are a good candidate for surgery. During your consultation with Mr Paul Tulley, he will be able to discuss your reasons for the surgery and whether any other procedure may be a better option.