Bring the spotlight back to your face
Our ears have a surprisingly significant effect on our overall appearance. When our ears look natural and proportional to our facial features, we hardly notice them. However, if your ears seem too large for your face, or they seem to protrude prominently from your head, you may be quite self-conscious about your appearance.
Otoplasty can be an excellent solution for those who are embarrassed by ears that they feel are too large or prominent for their head. This short surgery can help you improve facial harmony and feel more confident in your appearance. For children, otoplasty can help them avoid growing up being teased about the shape and size of their ears.
What can otoplasty correct?
- Set prominent ears back closer to the head
- Reduce the size of overlarge ears
Otoplasty is generally done on children between the ages of 4 and 14, after the ears have fully developed, but there are no additional risks associated with ear surgery on the adult patient.
What is ear reshaping surgery like?
Otoplasty can be easily performed using local anesthesia with sedation, especially for adult patients. Depending on his or her age, our experienced plastic surgeons may recommend general anesthesia for children undergoing ear pinning surgery.
The surgery usually entails making an incision in the back of the ear and performing corrective procedures on the cartilage in order to reduce the prominence and improve the contour. Most patients recover quickly and return home the same day.
In most cases, ear surgery will leave a faint scar in the back of the ear that will fade with time. Read our ear surgery post-operative instructions to find out more about the recovery process.
Enhancing facial balance with complimentary procedures
While many patients choose to have otoplasty alone, this procedure can also be performed in tandem with nose surgery, chin augmentation, or any other facial procedure to achieve a more comprehensive improvement in facial harmony. At your personal consultation, Dr. Samaha or Dr. Lee will be happy to discuss any procedures your are considering.