Understanding Otoplasty

What is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty, which is also known as ear pinning, is a procedure that many people choose to do in order to correct the shape of their ears.

If you think you are the only one trying to cover up your ears or are self-conscious about them, think again. Over twenty thousand people undergo ear surgery each year, so you are not the only one suffering from protruding ears. All ears are different; however, it is common for ears to develop with abnormalities.

Unfortunately, otoplasty is not the simplest plastic surgery procedure, which is why choosing the best and qualified otoplasty plastic surgeon is important. Ears are one of, if not the most complex structure of our faces.  Luckily, otoplasty can be performed at any age once your ears have finished developing.

Typically, after the age of five or six, ears are at their full size and are eligible for reconstructive surgery. There is no perfect age for one to get ear surgery; however, it is recommended that you correct ear abnormalities as soon as possible.

Understanding the surgery

Otoplasty is a delicate surgery because ears are such a complex part of our face.

Dr. Dominic, the double board-certified facial plastic surgeon at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery in Tampa begins by making a small incision behind the ear, between the head and the beginning of the ear. Once the incision is made, he removes cartilage and skin that is unwanted. Depending on the severity of the ears’ abnormality, he may also trim cartilage to correct ear shape and pin the cartilage back.

Again, depending on the structure of your ear, he may not remove any cartilage. Instead, stiches will be used to hold the cartilage in place.

Once cartilage is sculpted into the desired shape, Dr. Dominic inserts sutures in order to hold the ear in its desired position until the ear is healed.

What should you expect after your otoplasty surgery?

Like many cosmetic procedures, you should expect to feel some discomfort.

Those who sleep on their side or face down will need to readjust their sleeping habits until you are allowed to put pressure on your ears and the surrounding area.

Is there risks to Otoplasty?

Risks from ear surgery are typically minimal. However, the risks reported are infections, poor healing, or deformity recurrence.

As for scarring, it is almost invisible to the naked eye. Even with an incision, the scar is well hidden, since it is in the crease behind the ear.

What are you waiting for? Schedule you or your child’s ear surgery today!

The benefits of ear surgery are priceless. Ear surgery is one of the simplest to perform on children. If caught early, you will save your child from insecurity, embarrassment, anxiety, or any negative attention that comes with having protruding ears.

Stop being self-conscious about your ears today! Elite Facial Plastic Surgery’s otoplasty plastic surgeon can and will correct your ears to ensure a happier and more confident life.

At Elite Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer complimentary consultations for your convenience.

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