Ear Surgery, or Otoplasty,
is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. For the most part, the operation is done on children between the ages of 4 and 14. Ears are almost fully grown by age 4, and the earlier the surgery, the less teasing and ridicule the child will have to endure. Ear surgery on adults is also possible, and there are generally no additional risks associated with ear surgery on an older patient.
We recommend that parents stay alert to their child’s feelings about protruding ears; don’t insist on the surgery until your child wants the change. Adults can schedule this surgery into their week off from work.
Where and How
Ear surgery can be performed in our facility under a general anesthesia.
Ear surgery usually takes about two hours although complicated procedures may take longer. One of the techniques we use is to make a small incision in the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. We sculpt the cartilage and bend it back toward the head. Non-removable stitches may be used to help maintain the new shape. In most cases, ear surgery will leave a faint scar in the back of the ear that will fade with time. Even when only one ear appears to protrude, surgery is usually performed on both ears for a better balance.
Adults and children are usually un and around within a few hours of the surgery. The patient’s head will be wrapped in a bulky bandage immediately following surgery to promote the best molding and healing. The ears may throb or ache a little for a few days, but this can be relieved by medication.
Repair of the earlobe
We can assist you with procedures to repair a near split of a completely split earlobe. This occurs when an earing is too heavy or the earing gets pulled and the hole in the earlobe becomes an elongated slit or a “V” deformity occurs. The repair can be done in 30 minutes under a local anesthesia with little or no down time.
We also repair the deformity that results after gauges are placed in the earlobe. If you are joining the military and need this deformity repaired let us know and we will gladly fit you into our busy schedule. The repair can be done in our facility under a local anesthesia.
Otoplasty procedure (see above)