If prominent or embarrassing ears are making you self-conscious, you may consider otoplasty surgery. Commonly known as ear reshaping or ear pinning surgery, the board-certified plastic surgeons of the Aesthetic Center of Gainesville can correct any number of ear issues, including large, misshapen, misaligned and protruding ears. Whether ear irregularities are connected to birth defects, trauma, or more, the surgeons can produce life-altering results for adults or children.
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The technique used during ear surgery will depend on the abnormality. First, there may be an insufficient amount of ear cartilage to support the fold of the ear, or too much cartilage where the ear canal starts. Both issues will cause the ear to protrude outward. In some cases, the ears may appear too large. Regardless of the condition, the cartilage will usually be addressed and either removed or reshaped. Then, the cartilage will be secured with sutures into a new position closer to the head. The incision is generally placed within the natural folds of the ear so scarring is not an issue.
Most otoplasties are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. Some otoplasties are performed under local anesthesia with an oral sedative. The entire surgery typically takes around 2 hours to complete. After surgery, patients will be sent home with their heads wrapped in a compression bandage, which will later be replaced with lighter bandaging. Initially, patients will feel discomfort if they attempt to move their ears. This will subside in a few days. Younger patients will need to be monitored so they do not touch or play with their ears during the healing process.
Plan Your Procedure
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Children between the ages of 4 - 6 are considered within the ideal range for this surgery. From an anatomical standpoint, the cartilage is still soft and will be easier to remold and manipulate. From a psychological standpoint, having this surgery before starting elementary school can help avoid teasing and ridicule from classmates.
Both Ears or Just One?
In the majority of cases, both ears are affected. Therefore, surgery is performed on both ears. However, there may sometimes be an abnormality in just one ear. If this is the case, surgery will be performed on the affected ear, which will be made to match the opposing ear.
Sick of Your Ears?
Problems such as too large or protruding ears in both children and adults can be corrected with an Otoplasty procedure. Our experienced surgeons can meet with and evaluate patent's individual needs and goals. Contact us to schedule a consultation.