Due to the position and anatomical shape of the ears, they are vulnerable to damage. If you have suffered trauma to an ear as the result of an accident or during sporting activity, reconstruction is possible. Seeking the right treatment plan is important, as not all plastic surgeons specialize in full reconstruction.
Damage to the external ear is often only one aspect of a traumatic injury. In many cases, hearing loss is a direct result of damage to the ear. While restructuring the aesthetics of the ear will restore confidence, you should consider working with a surgeon who can also repair damage that has caused loss of functionality.
Split or Torn Ears
The degree to which your ear has suffered damage will impact appearance and hearing in various ways. Small splits or tears are typically the result of earrings getting pulled or caught in foreign materials or objects such as clothing. These injuries require minor surgery and typically do not lead to hearing loss.
Major tears can result in the entire ear detaching from the head, which will have some degree of impact on hearing. A specialist plastic surgeon can reattach or reconstruct the ear, as well as repairing damage that impairs hearing in most cases. Regardless of the severity of your injury, consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon to explore treatment options.
Ears are left vulnerable to sports injuries, with many athletes incurring repeat damage over the course of a career. Treatment for these injuries must take the increased chance of future ear trauma into consideration. Pinning the ears makes them less prominent and reduces the risk of injuries in many sporting disciplines.
If you or a child have suffered a traumatic ear injury, call the offices of Atlanta Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, Georgia today.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones, Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C.