Ear Surgery

For many reasons, ears can become misshapen during development, causing an undesirable shape, proportion, structure, or position. They can also be subject to injury or genetics. Ear surgery can correct unfavorable conditions that might cause patients discomfort or poor self-esteem because of their ears.

What is Ear Surgery?

This procedure can treat a number of common problems associated with ear shape, including ears that are too big (also called macrotia), protrude too far, or are maldeveloped.  Ear surgery, also called an Otoplasty, can create ears that are aesthetically positioned and proportioned in order to give confidence to patients struggling with the appearance of their ears.

Who is a good candidate for Ear Surgery?

Patients are healthy individuals who are unhappy with the way their ears look or are parents of patients with unfavorable ears. Consenting patients must be at least five years old, after which ear cartilage is developed and stable enough to be corrected. Any chronic ear infections must be treated in order to have a healthy, successful procedure.

What happens during the procedure?

Ear surgery can be customized depending on nature of the corrections. Anesthesia is required, and incisions are generally made behind the ear in order to hide any scarring. Any incisions necessary on the front of the ear are hidden within the structure. During the procedure, cartilage can be removed if they are overly large, or the ear is brought closer to the head if they protrude, taking care not to create a ‘pinned back’ look. Sutures may be used to give stability to the newly shaped cartilage.

Results and Recovery

Recovery from ear surgery is very important to long-term results. Healing time may vary depending on the amount and severity of corrections being made. There may be some pain and discomfort immediately after surgery, for which medications may be prescribed. It’s important that the bandages and operation site are not bothered or irritated so that the corrections are not lost. Be sure to follow all instructions given to you by your surgeon.

If you are unhappy with your ears and are looking for a solution, consider an ear surgery procedure. If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation, contact our office.