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Ear reshaping surgery, also known as otoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is performed to change the shape, size, or position of the ears. This surgery is often sought by individuals who are unhappy with the appearance of their ears due to congenital deformities, injuries, or dissatisfaction with their natural shape.
During your consultation, Dr. Green will discuss your goals and expectations, and assess your ears’ structure and appearance to determine the best approach for your specific needs. Since otoplasty is an elective cosmetic procedure, it’s essential to carefully consider your motivations, discuss your expectations with Dr. Green, and make an informed decision.
There are several surgical techniques used in otoplasty, and the choice of technique will depend on your individual anatomy and desired results. Common techniques include:
- Ear Pinning: This involves reshaping the cartilage to bring the ears closer to the head.
- Ear Reduction: If the ears are too large, the surgeon may reduce their size.
Ear Augmentation: In some cases, the surgeon may add cartilage grafts to enhance the shape and projection of the ears.
- Earlobe Repair: For individuals with torn or elongated earlobes, this procedure can correct the issue.
Procedure & Recovery
The surgery typically involves making incisions behind the ears to access the cartilage. Dr. Green will then reshape or reposition the cartilage as needed to achieve the desired look. Incisions are usually well-hidden within the natural contours of the ear.
After the surgery, your head may be wrapped in a bandage to protect and support the ears. You will likely experience some discomfort and swelling, which can be managed with pain medication and rest. It’s essential to follow Dr. Green’s post-operative care instructions to promote proper healing.
Results & Risks
The final results of otoplasty may not be immediately apparent due to swelling, but as the swelling subsides over several weeks, you will notice the improvement in the appearance of your ears. Otoplasty typically provides long-lasting results.
Like any surgery, otoplasty carries some risks, including infection, scarring, asymmetry, or dissatisfaction with the results.
Costs & Candidates
The cost of otoplasty can vary widely depending on factors such as the complexity of the procedure.
Suitable candidates for otoplasty are generally in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery. It is often performed on children as well as adults.