Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)
Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is a surgical procedure used to alter the appearance of protruding ears. This procedure is most commonly performed on small children who fall victim to name calling. This type of cruelty from other children can negatively affect a child’s self-image. Adults may also benefit from this procedure, giving them more freedom with hairstyles and improving self-esteem. However, when considering otoplasty, the earlier the better because softer cartilage is easier to mold; and because, the child will grow up without the self-consciousness.
About Otoplasty Surgery
There are many common problems that warrant the consideration of otoplasty, ear plastic surgery. Most commonly, this surgery is performed on children, but adults that have been plagued with otological dissatisfaction their whole lives or those who experience an accident or injury to this area also have the procedure done.
When your child is being teased about ears that stick out, have a certain shape, or are unbalanced, it can become a very stressful situation. When it bothers your child to the point of impacting their self-esteem, it may be time to consider ear plastic surgery.
- Anesthesia is required. Your surgeon will decide what type of anesthesia.
- An incision is made just behind the ear, where the ear meets the head.
- Any extra skin and/or cartilage is removed.
- The surgeon will sculpt the cartilage to its desired shape.
- Stitches are used to “pin back” or secure the ears into place.
Patient Financing options are available and can be discussed in more detail during your consultation.
Good Candidates For Otoplasty
- The cartilage in the ear must be fully developed, usually around age five to six.
- Patient is self conscious about the size and/or shape of their ears.
- Patient’s ears are not symmetrical.
- Patient is in good health.
- Parent/Patient has realistic expectations.
- Parent has child’s best interest at heart.
Your Otoplasty Consultation
During your initial consultation, you will meet with the plastic surgeon and staff. Your previous surgeries, your medical history, medications you are presently taking, and your overall physical and emotional health will be reviewed, as well as your skin quality. Photographs may also be taken for your medical record. Your surgeon will determine what you benefit from most and whether or not additional procedures will be necessary for you to achieve your desired results. Recovery time, risks and limitations associated with surgery will be also be discussed. The doctor’s patient coordinator will review surgical costs and scheduling with you.