Otoplasty Before and After Photos
Otoplasty generally refers to ear pinning or ear reshaping. There are a variety of conditions that lead patients to research otoplasty. It can be due to ears that stick out too far from the head, absence of the normal folds in the ears leading to an overly smooth configuration, or ears that are too large or misshapen.The ear, also known as the auricle, is a complex structure with cartilage that is covered with a very thin layer of skin. Surgical reduction of the ear, ear pininng, or recreating normal folds of the ear must be performed with precision and meticulous attention to detail, as otoplasty is an unforgiving procedure. Knowing the normal anatomic shape of the ear, and appropriate distances from the scalp to the rim of the ear, are of paramount importance.
Our plastic surgeons have significant experience with otoplasty surgery, which is very rewarding. Otoplasty may involve one or multiple techniques. Removal of skin behind the ear, suturing the bowl of the ear closer to the head, placing stitches to create normal folds in the ear, and earlobe reduction are just some of the techniques that are used by our surgeons. The procedure is sometimes performed awake, but normally in our AAAASF certified operating room with intravenous sedation. Patients are discharged with a light pressure bandage and seen the following day for a recheck. Stitches may be removed about a week postoperatively or dissolvable sutures may be used.
This procedure may be performed on children who are made fun of, as early as age 6 ,or later in life on adults who want to see improvement in the size and shape of their ears. We invite you to consult with one of our plastic surgeons to see if this procedure is appropriate for you.
* All patients are unique and individual results may vary.