Ear surgery, or otoplasty, in Tampa can help improve ear shape and provide an overall improved appearance. Protruding ears can lead to self-consciousness and withdrawal from social situations for both children and adults. Children with protruding ears face ridicule and teasing in school. Adults often find themselves changing their hairstyles and avoiding social situations in order to hide the appearance of their ears. Ear surgery, or otoplasty, can help improve ear shape and provide an overall improved appearance.
At the Elite Facial Plastic Surgery, we strive to provide you with a simple yet fulfilling experience. To learn more about ear surgery please request a complimentary consultation online, or call our office at 813-975-3223. We look forward to helping you improve your appearance and your confidence.
Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is one of the few cosmetic procedures appropriate for children. In fact, it is easiest to perform on children between the ages of 4 and 6, after the ear is fully developed but while the cartilage is still soft. By correcting protruding ears before a child starts school, anxiety, social, and psychological repercussions can be avoided. Older children, teenagers, and adults can have the surgery successfully, too.
Ear Surgery Procedure
At our Tampa practice, otoplasty can be performed under local anesthesia and a sedative. An incision in made on the back of the ear, and some skin is removed to expose the cartilage. Sutures are then used to reshape the cartilage and pull it closer to the head. Typically, otoplasty takes about 1 to 2 hours to perform.
Dr. Dominic uses a suture technique for reshaping the ear instead of techniques which involve cutting or sculpting cartilage. This produces a more natural-looking result, and requires less downtime. All patients receive treatment in our Tampa state of the art fully accredited facility.
You will wear a dressing for two or three days. After that a headband is worn 24 hours a day for the first week and at night for 2 additional weeks. Most adults return to work and children return to school in about 1 week. Activities which may bend the ear should be avoided for about two months.