Ear Reshaping Surgery

Ear reshaping surgery can restore balance to your facial features

Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is a very common procedure that can restore facial harmony by correcting the shape, size, or position of the ears. Otoplasty is often referred to as “ear pinning” because it can “pin back” overly-protruding ears.

Who Can Benefit from Otoplasty?

Otoplasty is most often performed on patients between the ages of 5-14, but patients of any age can undergo otoplasty to correct cosmetic imperfections related to the ear. For children, it is best to wait until the ears have stopped developing, which usually happens around age five or six.

A thorough examination of the ears is performed prior to any interventions. During this time, any concerns about ear shape or anesthesia used can be discussed with Dr. Hess.

How Otoplasty Reshapes The Ears

Otoplasty is typically performed in just a few hours. To describe it in simple terms, otoplasty consists of a folding or removal of excess cartilage from the back of the ear. After the remodeling is done, sutures are placed to hold the ears in place, and bandages are applied to quicken the healing process. This can be done under IV sedation or general anesthesia.

What to Expect During Recovery from Ear Surgery

Patients will be able to resume their normal routine after about 3 days. During recovery, minimal pain and bruising around the ears is expected. After a few days, bandages are replaced with light dressing. Sleeping on the ears should be avoided during this time. Shampoo use is also limited during the initial recovery period.

Quick Facts About Otoplasty

  • Moves prominent ears closer to the head, reduces/enlarges ear size, or repositions ears.
  • Often done on children between the ages of 4 and 14 years.
  • Requires approximately 2 to 3 hours of operating time
  • Performed using general anesthesia for children/local anesthesia and sedation on adults
  • Possible side effects include temporary aching, swelling, throbbing, redness or numbness
  • Risks include infection, scarring, blood clot needing to be drained, unsatisfactory aesthetic improvement, recurrence of protrusion
  • After ear surgery you can be back to a normal routine in 5-7 days, resume exercise in 30 to 60 days

Otoplasty is a very common surgical procedure that has satisfied many patients. If you or your child is suffering from an unnatural positioning of the ear, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hess to see if surgery might help.

Call 703.752.6608 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Hess.
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