William A. Terranova, M.D.
Is there any kind of cosmetic surgery that can pull back ears?
You are asking about a procedure known as an otoplasty. The idea is to create a fold where one is missing, so that the ear can be brought into its correct position closer to the head. Some techniques depend on special manipulation of the ear cartilage so it will maintain the new curve. Other techniques depend on permanent cartilage sutures. I personally favor the former method, but I have seen excellent results with both methods. This outpatient procedure takes about 1-2 hours and can be done under either local or general anesthesia. There is little postoperative pain and recovery is 1-2 weeks.
I was wondering if there is any type of procedure that can reduce the size of one's ankles and calves.
Lipoplasty (liposuction) of calves and ankles can be performed to alter both size and shape of these areas. However lipoplasty in these delicate areas is more difficult than in many other parts of the body. There is little room for error. Contour irregularities can be easily seen and are difficult to correct. Specially designed cannulas (the metal tube inserted under the skin to suction the fat) can be helpful. The bottom line is to be sure to consult with a plastic surgeon who has wide experience in lipoplasty and in treating these specific areas.