Avoiding Pixie Ear Deformity in Face Lifts
The two criteria for a successful facelift and/or neck lift include getting results that are 1) natural and 2) long-lasting. In order to achieve these two criteria, it is critical that we redirect the tension of the pull on your drooping superficial fat and skin to an underlying tissue plane. We utilize this deeper plane called the SMAS during a dual plane (two-layer) lift that Dr. Mowlavi has designed to provide you natural and long-lasting results. By removing the tension from the superficial skin layer, your skin incisions around your ear will heal optimally. This thereby avoids facial and ear scars, typically characterized by the “Pixie Ear” deformity. Poorly performed facelift surgeries create this typical undesirable “Pixie ear” deformity.
Pixie Ear Deformities
Dr. Mowlavi has published several landmark papers identifying the aesthetically pleasing earlobe, defining how the “Pixie Ear” deformity is created, and specific surgical measures are taken to avoid and correct this deformity. Please see the image below for the correction of a)Pixie Ear to b)aesthetically pleasing lobule.
During your facial rejuvenation consultation with Dr. Mowlavi, you will have the opportunity to discuss the benefits of the dual-plane facelift. Specifically, you may talk about how it will provide you long-lasting and natural results and avoidance of the “Pixie Ear” deformity.
In order to determine if you could take advantage of this procedure, fill out the contact form to the right.