Earlobe Repair

Earlobe repair has become a popular procedure for those who have pulled-down earlobes, long earlobes, or a torn earlobe. If you have slits in your earlobes from dangling or heavy jewelry pulling down over the years, you may be a candidate for earlobe repair with Dr. Hunsicker. She can perform earlobe repair, so you don’t feel like you need to hide your ears.

Earlobe repair can help with the following:

  • Repairing tears, lacerations, or clefts in the ears
  • Lifting earlobes that appear to be pulled down, stretched, or hang low
  • Repairing large holes, or previously gauged ears

How We Perform Earlobe Repair

You will have an initial consultation with Dr. Hunsicker to discuss the most appropriate technique for your earlobe repair surgery.

On the day of your surgery, Dr. Hunsicker will perform your in-office procedure using local anesthesia. Most torn earlobes can be effectively and safely corrected using delicate surgical repair techniques.

After planning and marking, you will have a lidocaine numbing solution injected into your earlobe. In order to rebuild the earlobe, the healed and scarred areas of the tear are removed and fine suture threads are used to stitch the ear. This will support the repair and minimize scarring.

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The doctor performs small incisions on each side of the split earlobe, creating a clean edge. The earlobe is then stitched back together.

After your earlobe surgery, some discomfort can be expected. Small amounts of antibiotic ointment are applied at home for a few days ensuring cleanliness, but there is usually no downtime.

The recovery process varies, so follow Dr. Hunsicker’s specific instructions regarding the post-operative routine. Restrictions commonly include no earrings for 3 months post-operatively. Stitches are removed on Day 4 on the front of the earlobe, and on Day 7 in the back of the earlobe.

Learn More About Earlobe Repair Surgery in South Denver

Earlobe repair is a simple procedure at our South Denver plastic surgery office. Dr. Hunsicker would be happy to discuss the benefits of this surgery with you. Contact us online or call 720-283-2500 to schedule a consultation at Revalla Plastic Surgery in the Denver area.

Neck Liposuction

Neck liposuction can remove fat below the chin and restore an appealing contour to the lower face. Because losing neck fat through diet and exercise is so difficult, this procedure is very rewarding for many patients.

At our South Denver plastic surgery practice, Dr. Hunsicker can perform neck liposuction to enhance your neck and lower facial contour.

If you have persistent fat deposits on the neck that detract from the youthful angularity of your lower face, you are a good candidate for liposuction. Consider neck liposuction if you have a double chin, neck bands, fat in the jowl area, or poor jaw definition. Patients should have adequate skin tone and elasticity. This procedure does not address loose skin on the neck or loss of tissue volume.

Techniques in Neck Liposuction

Before surgery, photos are taken and the neck area is marked. The face and neck are cleansed thoroughly and local anesthesia is administered. Small incisions are placed on each side of the jaw, or centrally below the chin. The fat is saturated with tumescent solution, preparing it for removal.

The fat that is situated just below the skin and above the neck muscle (the platysma) is removed with suction. This area contains no major blood vessels or nerves, so it can be removed safely. The doctor uses a small tube called a cannula to vacuum the fat from the area. The neck, lower chin, and jaw may all be treated.

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Recovery time with this procedure is relatively short. For the first 24 hours, the neck area will be wrapped in gauze. Some swelling should be expected for about 3 to 5 days after surgery. You will be given a special elastic garment (a chin strap) and a soft cervical collar to control swelling and promote skin contraction; this should be worn for about two weeks or until the doctor instructs you to remove it.

You may want to plan on wearing high-necked clothing or scarves during recovery from this procedure.

After healing is complete, you will have a smooth, more angular definition around your neck with a clearly marked transition from your neck to your face.

All cosmetic surgery procedures carry a risk of complications. With neck liposuction, side effects may include soreness, bruising, and temporary difficulty speaking. Complications may include, but are not limited to, infection, irregular skin contour due to overcorrection, poor healing, a formation of fat clots or blood clots, fluid loss, tissue trauma, or adverse reaction to anesthesia.

If liposuction is not the ideal solution for your needs, the doctor may recommend a different cosmetic procedure. Possible alternatives include a neck lift (platysmaplasty) or a chin implant.

Learn More About Neck Lipo in South Denver

Dr. Lisa M. Hunsicker has been practicing medicine since 1995. Since 2001, Revalla Plastic Surgery has been providing patients in the Denver, Morrison, Littleton and Colorado Springs area with excellent, individualized cosmetic surgery results. We encourage you to call us for a personal consultation with Dr. Hunsicker. Contact us at 720-283-2500 or online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hunsicker. Together, you can determine if you are a good candidate for neck contouring.

Eyelid Surgery

An eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty, is surgery to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both by removing excess skin, muscle, and fat.

Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure and is performed on adult women and men who are non-smokers who have healthy facial tissue and muscles.

Techniques Used in Eyelid Surgery

Surgery is usually performed under IV sedation and usually takes between 1-2 hours. If both an upper and lower blepharoplasty surgery is being performed, Dr. Hunsicker will begin with the upper eyelids.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

Upper eyelid surgery begins with an incision along the natural fold of the lid. Then Dr. Hunsicker removes excess skin and some muscle and fat beneath the skin, before closing with tiny stitches that leave a nearly invisible scar.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Moving to the lower eyelids, Dr. Hunsicker makes an incision just below the lashes near the eye’s natural crease or inside the lower lid. She will then remove or redistribute excess fat, muscle, and sagging skin. Depending on where the initial incisions are made, she usually closes the incision using Dermabond, which works like a surgical superglue.

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What happens after eyelid surgery?

After blepharoplasty, a lubricating ointment will usually be applied to the eyes to protect them and prevent dryness. The ointment causes some patients to experience temporary blurred vision. Most patients notice that their incision areas are red and visible at first, and that their eyelids may be puffy and feel numb for several days. It is also common for patients to experience some swelling and bruising for the first 1-2 weeks after surgery. Pain is usually managed easily through prescription pain medication or Tylenol. If stitches were used, they’ll be removed after three or four days.

Who’s an ideal candidate for eyelid surgery?

The best candidates for eyelid surgery are healthy adults who do not smoke. Most patients are over the age of 35 and desire a more youthful and alert appearance. In some cases, you may need to undergo a checkup with your eye doctor before Dr. Hunsicker can perform your eyelid surgery.

Learn More About Eyelid Surgery in South Denver

Dr. Lisa M. Hunsicker has been practicing medicine since 1995. Since 2001, Revalla Plastic Surgery has been providing patients in the Denver, Morrison, Littleton and Colorado Springs area with excellent, individualized cosmetic surgery results. We encourage you to call us for a personal consultation with Dr. Hunsicker.

Contact us at 720-283-2500 or online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hunsicker. Together, you can determine if you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery.