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Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)
Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to modify the shape, size, and position of the ear. Otoplasty can be used for cosmetic purposes, such as to reposition protruding ears, or for reconstructive purposes, such as to correct misshapen ears caused by injury or present from birth. Most healthy adults and children over age five are candidates for otoplasty if they have ear defects or characteristics that are bothersome or otherwise a source of insecurity and dissatisfaction.
At Wellspring Plastic Surgery, we use otoplasty to facilitate a natural-looking ear contour that is anatomically balanced. Our patients find that by correcting even the smallest ear deformities, they can achieve greater self-confidence and aesthetic satisfaction. In addition to treating protruding ears and ear deformities, our surgeons can also evaluate and correct the outcome of a prior ear surgery that did not provide adequate results.
If the ear needs to be re- positioned, the surgeon will move the ear closer to the head after they have been reshaped. There are many techniques to perform this surgery such as cartilage sparing and scoring to achieve the desired position and shape.
This procedure will be finalized with removable or traditional sutures and the area will be wrapped appropriately.
This procedure local, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Following your consultation, our surgeons will recommend the best choice for you. If you live in Austin or the surrounding area, schedule a consultation with our surgeons to determine whether you are a good candidate for this procedure.
How It Works
After a thorough evaluation, choose a treatment plan with our surgeons.
Learn all about pre-operative safety preparations before your surgery.
Follow your surgeon's instruction to ensure a smooth recovery.
Before & After
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Frequently Asked Questions
There are numerous techniques that are employed when performing otoplasty. The most common ones involve making small incisions either in front of the ear, behind the ear, or through the ear and then pinning the protruding ear backward so that it’s closer to the head. By making the incisions behind the ear lobe or through the ear, the scarring is very minimal and completely unnoticeable.
It can help increase your self esteem and confidence, especially if you have noticeably protruding and large ears. Many parents whose children have particularly large ears opt for otoplasty procedures in because they can help decrease the chances of their school-aged children being teased by their peers and it can also improve their ability to wear glasses or earrings more comfortably. More importantly, it can also correct congenital issues in the ear such as Microtia and Anotia in addition to fixing complications resulting from blunt-force trauma or physical injuries such as having piercings accidentally torn out.
There’s no specific ideal age or age restrictions when it comes to receiving otoplasty surgery. In fact, most children around the age of 4 or 5 are eligible to undergo the surgery as long as their ears are fully developed. Children’s ears usually develop into full-sized adult ears by this time. As a precaution, it’s advised that parents consult with at least two plastic surgeons before committing their young children to such a procedure to ensure that their child is absolutely ready for it.
The full recovery period for both children and adults lasts anywhere from four to six weeks, but you’ll start to notice results immediately after removing the protective dressing from your face. Young adults and older adults can typically return to school or work respectively after about seven to eight days following surgery, but should refrain from participating in any strenuous physical activities for at least one month to avoid undoing the surgery.
There are very minimal risks involved in otoplasty surgery, especially if your surgeon is board-certified. Possible post-operative complications could include visible scarring, infection if the entry wounds aren’t properly closed or cared for, or even asymmetrical results. Your hearing won’t be obscured or affected at all because otoplasty is strictly an outer ear procedure.
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