Since the dawn of the pandemic, Wayne, NJ facial plastic surgeon Jeffrey B. Wise, MD says patients have been putting more emphasis on areas of the face that are visible beyond the mask.

“This includes mostly the ears, the eyes and the submental region,” he says, adding that the biggest uptick in demand at his office has been for otoplasty—also known as ear-reshaping surgery. “I think people are noticing how prominent their ears are when donning masks that tie or loop behind the ears. ‘My ears stick out too far’ is the most common complaint that patients turn to me with and, remarkably, the demand for this procedure has nearly tripled in the past year.”

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