Ear surgery, also called “otoplasty,” improves the size, shape, protrusion, and position of the ears. Most often, otoplasty is performed to correct misshapen ears, ears that are unnaturally large, or ears that protrude unusually far outward from the side of the head. Otoplasty provides a permanent surgical solution that improves facial balance and enhances the appearance of the patient. It can also boost self-confidence.
Ear surgery can enhance the ears by correcting one or more of the following issues:
- Ear protrusion
- Cauliflower ear
- Ear disfigurations caused by genetics or birth defects
- Split, torn, gauged, or sagging earlobes, such as those caused by accidental trauma or piercings
- Overly large ears (macrotia)
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Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) FAQ
Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure, and therefore, patients must elect to undergo ear surgery. If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your ears and you would like to improve them, schedule your consultation to find out if you qualify for ear surgery.
Those who do not have life-threatening illnesses, chronic ear infections, healing impairments, ear conditions, or major hearing loss may be good candidates for ear surgery. Appropriate candidates are dissatisfied with the physical appearance of their ears, are motivated by their own desires, and have realistic expectations about the results.
Adults and children alike may undergo ear surgery. The ear cartilage must be stable and strong enough to withstand the correction, which typically occurs when children reach age four or five.
Every ear surgery is customized to the patient’s needs. In many cases, excess cartilage will be removed to force the ear to lie flatter against the head. If necessary, ear cartilage will be restructured to build more cosmetically appealing ears. More commonly, special stitches, known as Mustarde sutures, are placed along the ear cartilage to improve its overall appearance.
Scarring is virtually undetectable as the incisions are made behind the ears. If incisions must be made on the front of the ears to correct deformities, they will be hidden within the ear folds.
At the end of surgery, the patient’s ears are wrapped with soft wool and bandage for a week. Once these are removed, the patient will wear a headband only at night for a further five weeks.
The results of ear surgery are generally permanent and should last a lifetime.