Ear Reshaping Procedure

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PROCEDURE OVERVIEW

*Content provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS)

What is Ear Surgery?

If protruding or disfigured ears bothers you, you may consider plastic surgery. Ear surgery – also known as otoplasty – can improve the shape, position, or proportion of the ear. It can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth as well as misshapen ears caused by injury or cancer.

Ear surgery creates a natural shape by bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound benefits to appearance and self-esteem.

Ear surgery can treat:

Overly large ears – a rare condition called macrotia

Protruding ears occurring in varying degrees on one or both sides

 

The Procedure:

Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include local anesthesia combined with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 – The incision
Correction of protruding ears uses surgical techniques to create or improve the antihelical fold (just inside the rim of the ear) and to reduce enlarged conchal cartilage (the largest and deepest concavity of the external ear). Incisions for otoplasty are generally made on the back surface of the ear. When incisions are necessary on the front of the ear, they are made within its folds to hide them. Internal, non-removable sutures are used to create and secure the newly shaped cartilage in place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3 – Closing the incisions
External stitches close the incision. Techniques are individualized and care is taken to avoid distorting other structures and to avoid an unnatural “pinned back” appearance.

 

 

Step 4 – See the results
Once the dressings are removed, ear surgery offers near immediate results in cases of protruding ears. With the ear permanently positioned closer to the head, surgical scars are either hidden behind the ear or well-hidden in the natural creases of the ear.

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