Achieve Greater Symmetry and Balance with Otoplasty
Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, can improve the shape, position or proportion of one or both ears while bringing balance to the ears and face. Surgery can be performed at any age after the ears have reached full size, usually by 5 or 6-years-of-age. Both adults and children alike gain self-confidence and self-esteem by the correction of even minor deformities. Children benefit profoundly from ear surgery when parents elect to have the procedure performed just before they reach school age in order to avoid being ridiculed by peers.
Specifically, ear surgery can treat:
- Protruding ears – majority of cosmetic surgery performed on ears
- Overly large ears (microtia)
- Cupped ears
- Birth defects
- Abnormally shaped ears
- Trauma from ear piercing or other injuries
- Adult dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery
During your initial consultation, Dr. Shah will take a complete medical history and examine the areas of concern in advance of planning you or your child’s ear surgery. Through an analysis of the ear axis and positioning on the head, ear size and angle of protrusion, Dr. Shah will tailor a technique to precisely correct the area(s) needing improvement. This information will be used to formulate a surgical plan that will obtain the best outcome based on the discussed goals of the procedure. Dr. Shah will select the surgical technique that will offer the lowest risk with maximum results. Both Dr. Shah and his staff will thoroughly explain the surgical technique and answer any questions on the procedure.
Overview of the Procedure
You or your child’s ear surgery will be performed in our fully accredited surgical facilities. Otoplasty begins with an incision just behind the ear, in the natural fold where the ear is joined to the head thereby minimizing scarring. The necessary amounts of cartilage and skin will be removed to accomplish the reconstructive goals. In some cases, the cartilage will be trimmed, shaped and then pinned back with permanent, internal sutures to secure the cartilage. However, in other cases, the removal of cartilage is not necessary when the use of stitches is required to hold the cartilage permanently in place. In all cases, techniques are individualized taking care to bring about a balanced look and to avoid an unnatural “pinned back” appearance.
It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes to recover from ear surgery varies greatly among individuals. Bruising generally disappears within 7 to 10 days. Temporary sutures are typically removed within a week of surgery. Most people return to work at 7 to 10 days. You will be able to resume most of your normal activities within 10 days or less.
Dr. Shah and his staff will closely monitor your progress by providing specific postoperative care instructions and schedule a follow up visit to the office to ensure a smooth healing and recovery. Elevation of the head is extremely helpful in reducing the initial post-operative swelling.
If you would like more information on ear surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact the Medical Spa today.
Click here to read our postoperative care instructions after ear surgery.
Visit these websites to learn more on ear surgery.
- Facial Plastic Surgery
- The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
"To Dr. Shah and your fabulous team, Every time I pass by a mirror I am surprised and say to myself...what was I waiting for? Makeup has become fun again! I thank you all for a great experience."Actual Patient