There are various factors that could lead to an ear being misshapen, including whether or not it was present at birth or as a result of trauma to the ear. Ears may appear too large or too small, or one may not match the size of the other. Other times, part of an ear is missing or they protrude too far away from the head. Some otoplasty techniques include adding or removing cartilage to sculpt an ear or pulling back protruding ears by suturing. Regardless of the reason or method, the goal is to restore harmony, symmetry and proportion to the ears in relation to the rest of the face.
Cleft Lip and Palate
A cleft lip is a condition that creates an opening in the upper lip between the mouth and nose, making it appear as though there is a split in the lip. Similarly, a cleft palate occurs in early pregnancy when separate areas of the face have developed individually and did not join together properly. In repairing a cleft lip, the goal is to close the separation, restore muscle function and provide a normal shape to the mouth. Regarding cleft palate treatment; Dr. Henry will work to close the gap or hole between the roof of the mouth and the nose, and make the repaired palate long enough so that it can function properly.
Skin Cancer Removal
A cancer diagnosis is very troubling, as well as the realization that your skin cancer may result in scars or disfigurement. Dr. Henry understands your concerns and will guide you through your treatment options, as well as explain the effect on your appearance and health. Skin cancer may require surgery to remove the cancerous growth. Although surgery will incur a scar to some degree, Dr. Henry will make every effort to treat your skin cancer with minimal changes to your appearance.
Tissue expansion is a relatively straightforward procedure that enables the body to “grow” extra skin for use in reconstructing almost any part of the body. A silicone expander is inserted under the skin near the area to be repaired and then gradually filled with saline over time, causing the skin to stretch. It is most commonly used for breast reconstruction following breast removal but it’s also used to repair skin damaged by birth defects, accidents, surgery and certain cosmetic procedures.
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