Ear Reshaping (Ostoplasty)
Prominent ears can have a potentially devastating psychological impact, particularly for children who may be subject to teasing and ridicule by peers. Ear reshaping (or otoplasty) can be performed to set protuberant ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears to create a natural, pleasing configuration. This procedure is performed on children over the age of 4 when the ears are fully developed but can be performed on adults as well. Surgical correction of protuberant ears involves pinpointing the exact underlying cosmetic and anatomic irregularities.
Interestingly, contouring the shape of the ears to a more ‘normal’ orientation can boost confidence and overall psychological well-being. Patients are usually thrilled with their results as even minor alterations to the ear anatomy can yield significant improvements.
Ear surgery can also be performed to correct elongated ear lobes or ‘torn’ earlobes from wearing ear rings. As we age, so too do our ear lobes. The lobes begin to lose volume and appear elongated or stretched. Minimally invasive procedures such as the injection of fillers into the ear lobules can create full, youthful ear lobes. Such procedures are minor and can be performed in less than an hour and under local or just topical anesthesia.
Anesthesia: Local (Minimal Sedation and General Anesthesia are also available if desired)
Recovery: Relatively quick – children can return to school usually after one week and adults can return to work within one week although individual recovery times vary.
Duration of Results: Long term