Everyone can point to a celebrity that had a facelift go wrong. In fact, this is so pervasive in the media that it often scares off patients who want to improve their facial appearance, but are afraid of a bad result. Thankfully, under the care of an experienced facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Santos, these types of results are exceptionally rare. Along with these come questions about the possible results such as “What is pixie ear after a facelift?” Let’s take a look at what a pixie ear is and how Dr. Santos avoids it.
The term “pixie ear” refers to a possible complication following facelift surgery. When it occurs, the earlobe essentially looks stretched. It can also cause detached earlobes to look attached. For those who know what to look for, it can be a dead giveaway of a facelift. In some cases, the deformity is not severe. In others, it may require further surgical correction.
Pixie ear happens when the skin and tissues are tightened around the jaw and lower face. Facelift incisions are usually near or around the ear. Therefore, it can lead to a pixie ear deformity when the surgeon corrects and tightens the surrounding skin.
Thankfully, due to his decades of experience, Dr. Santos uses careful, precise techniques to avoid pixie ear deformities from forming. He also may vary incision location to make it less likely to occur. Dr. Santos will discuss his techniques in more detail during a consultation at Seattle Plastic Surgery.