Masks Are Causing More People to Seek Cosmetic Surgery for Their Ears
After almost a year of increased mask usage by people who ordinarily don’t wear one at work or when running errands, a subtle but noticeable increase in the number of otoplasties being performed across the country. Plastic surgeons are hearing from patients who are realizing they are unhappy with the shape and/or size of their ears because masks worn behind the ears tend to pull the ear away from the head, slightly exaggerating its appearance.
And the effects of wearing masks isn’t limited to just otoplasty, as masks have increased patients’ interest in plastic surgeries to address concerns of the forehead and eye regions.
While not the cause of overly protruding ears, masks can draw attention to the ears for those who are predisposed to seeing their ears as being too large in proportion to the rest of their head. Over time, this heightened awareness is pushing some into plastic surgeons’ offices like Berman Plastic Surgery and Spa to inquire about the benefits of otoplasty.
In addition, because masks cover much of the expressive parts of our face, people have been more attuned to the eyes and forehead in recent months. Again, this increased scrutiny in the mirror can lead some to notice fine lines, wrinkles, or sagging skin they may not have noticed without the mask on.
An otoplasty corrects one or both ears that extend away from the head in a dissatisfying way. To do this, Dr. Berman makes incisions on the back of the ear or concealed within the folds of the ear to remove excess skin and cartilage, then manipulates the cartilage to bring the ear closer to the head, therefore reducing its apparent size.
If you’ve become dissatisfied with the size of your ears because of increased mask wearing, an otoplasty may be right for you. Call us at 561.235.3208 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Berman.
Dr. Jonathan Ross Berman is a Boca Raton plastic surgeon who has been certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery with over 30 years of service experience specializing in Breast Augmentation, Rhinoplasty, Face Lift, Liposuction, and many other types of plastic surgery in Boca Raton, FL.