Other Surgical Procedures
Otoplasty (Ear Pinning)
Ears that stick out can be a source of embarrassment for kids and adults. Kids will often say that they are teased about their ears, or feel self-conscious. This can affect the person’s self-esteem and through that many other aspects of their life. Otoplasty (ear pinning) can be performed any time after the age of four to boost self-confidence and make them feel more comfortable.
Although patients of all ages can benefit from otoplasty, young children do particularly well if performed prior to entering school. The ears are “pinned” through incisions behind the ear so they are not visible. Permanent sutures are used for permanent repositioning. We want to make sure the ears stay where we want them. I also address the earlobe at the same time, so the entire ear will be in a natural, flatter position.
After the surgery, you will have a wrap covering your ears for one night. When we remove this, you will wear an exercise headband to protect them while sleeping for the next two weeks. The ears may be tender for several weeks. There will be some swelling and possibly discoloration. Children usually return to school a week after surgery. Adults often resume normal activities the day after.
We all want to run our hands through a thick head of hair. When that hair becomes thinner for men or women, it can be stressful. Luckily, hair restoration techniques have come a long way and Dr. Sturm is trained on the most cutting-edge modalities.
Many people think of hair restoration surgery being “plugs” which are easily visible and not flattering. Transplanting “plugs” or groups of hair is a dated technique that created rows of hair let everyone know that you have had surgery. For this reason, this has not been used for years.
Dr. Sturm uses the most updated techniques to harvest your own hair from areas of dense hair growth in a way that no one will ever know. Depending on your preference, hair type and hair style, the hair can be taken with a fine incision or with the incision-less technique. When the hair is taken using an incision, the “strip” technique, in which a strip of hair is harvested, more follicles are available for transplant. Using the “incision-less” technique or Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) each individual hair is removed from the back and sides of the scalp and placed in the thinning areas. The areas where the hairs are taken are healed in 5-7 days. Once harvested, the hair is then transplanted one to two hairs at a time in an individually designed pattern to create a natural hairline that blends with your other hair. By placing each hair individually, Dr. Sturm can create a natural appearance like you had just a few years ago!
Hair can not only be transplanted to the scalp, but also to the eyebrows, to fill in where they have been over-plucked or are thinning. In addition the hair can be used to fill out a thin beard, mustache or even chest hair. If the back and sides of your head are thinning as well, hair can be taken from your chest or beard under the jawline. The FUE technique allows me to take hair from where you have it to where you want it!
The procedure can be performed in the office under local anesthesia for your convenience. You will only be out of work or social activities for about one week, but because you will not need sedation you will feel good enough to perform many of you usual activities the very next day.
Call for a consultation so Dr. Sturm can help you with the best option to look as young as you feel or replace hair lost with surgery or scarring. You’ll be running your fingers through your hair in no time!