Few physical traits inspire more desire for cosmetic surgery than protruding ears. Many children are the victims of cruelty and bullying, and many adults still bear the scars of these negative experiences as they struggle with feelings of embarrassment and self-consciousness. Otoplasty addresses these issues by addressing whatever problem you may be facing with your ears.
What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is the technical name for cosmetic ear surgery that is performed to alter the size, shape, or position of the ears. Some people also consider having the procedure if their ears are affected by a birth defect or injury, or simply due to dissatisfaction with their ears’ appearance.
An otoplasty procedure can be performed at any time following the development of the ears to their full size, normally after age five. Of course, adults can also have the procedure.
How Can I Prepare For My Otoplasty?
The first step toward getting your otoplasty procedure is your initial consultation. During this visit, we go over your medical history. You may be asked about any medical conditions, particularly when they involve the ears. Now is the time to inform us of any medications you are currently taking and any surgeries that you have had in the past.
We also perform a physical exam to guide our development of your treatment plan. We take a look at your ears, including size, placement, symmetry, and shape. Photos may be taken of your ears for our records.
Prior to your surgery, you may have to stop smoking because smoking constricts blood vessels and can delay your healing. If you are a smoker, we advise you to refrain from smoking both prior to surgery and during your recovery.
How is Otoplasty Performed?
We may perform your surgery by removing any skin or cartilage that is necessary. We may also create contours in the ear or pin the ears back, depending on the desired outcome. In certain cases, no cartilage is removed.