Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that improves the shape, size, and position of the ears. The procedure can be especially beneficial to children with misshapen or disproportionately large ears who may be targets of teasing or bullying at school or adults who feel less confident due to protruding ears.

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Restoring Your Ideal Look

Restoring proportion to the ears also restores balance to the face, and ear surgery can have a positive impact on your overall appearance and self-esteem. The plastic surgeons at Precision Medical Arts have experience with otoplasty procedures for children and adults alike, and they can help you understand your options and establish realistic expectations for the procedure.

What is the procedure for otoplasty?

Each ear surgery will differ based on individual factors that include the imperfection being addressed and the extent of surgery necessary. An otoplasty often involves a small incision along the back of the ear to expose the cartilage and internal tissue.

The cartilage and tissue are then reformed to a natural-looking shape and proportionate profile. Most otoplasty procedures use non-absorbable internal sutures to secure the cartilage. The external stitches and any residual scarring are concealed by the ears.

What are some treatable conditions?

Otoplasty can correct several aesthetic imperfections of the ears, including:

  • Protruding ears
  • Ears on which the top portion hangs or folds downward
  • Ears on which the outer rim is disproportionately cupped
  • Oversized ears, including those caused by the condition macrotia
  • Ears that are misshapen due to injury

Am I too old to get ear surgery?

Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that can help to improve the appearance of oversized or misshapen ears. This type of surgery can be performed on patients of any age, and since it is the only form of cosmetic surgery that can be performed on children, it is normal to have a lot of questions regarding the requirements for this procedure. These can all be answered during your consultation with our surgeons.

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Is my child a good candidate for otoplasty?

If you’re considering otoplasty for your child, he or she should generally be at least five years old. A child’s ear cartilage must be developed to achieve and maintain results. Several factors determine whether a child is a good candidate for otoplasty. One of the most important factors is whether the child feels self-conscious about their ears.

If the child feels embarrassed or uncomfortable about their appearance, then they are likely a good candidate for surgery, presuming the doctor feels they are in good health and there are no physical issues barring them from surgery.

Your Otoplasty Recovery Process

Your recovery guidelines and results will vary depending on the nature and extent of the surgery. In most cases, patients will need to wear a headwrap and dressings designed to support the ears for at least a few days, during which time lingering discomfort will subside.

Routine activities can typically be resumed within a week, but strenuous physical activity and contact sports should be avoided for six to eight weeks. Your surgeon will clear you or your child for increased activity amid the recovery process. 

When Will I Enjoy My Results?

Otoplasty results are typically noticeable as soon as the dressings are removed, although there may be some lingering bruising. Scars are hidden behind the ear or in the creases of the ear and will fade with time. The results of otoplasty can be permanent, although physical trauma or the effects of aging may affect the appearance of the ears.

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Why choose us for your otoplasty?

Dr. Kiridly performed thousands of surgeries, received many awards, acquired many positions, wrote for numerous publications, and participated in many research activities. Dr. Gilbert specializes in a wide variety of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures, including facial plastic surgery, body contouring, and breast augmentation. 

Our mission is to provide a pleasant practice where you will receive compassionate, detailed, state-of-the-art cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. You are our priority, and we want to ensure that you are satisfied with your experience and results. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

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The first step in your journey is a private consultation with us at Precision Medical Arts. You can expect our professionals to listen closely to your concerns, and to work with you individually at every step to ensure you are delighted with your results, and enjoying a happier, more confident life.

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