Otoplasty is a surgical procedure to change the size, shape or position of the ears. Correction of either inherited or traumatic ear deformities such as prominence, malformation, and malposition can be achieved using various surgical techniques. We employ these techniques to provide symmetry and facial balance to achieve a natural look.
Am I a Good Candidate for this procedure?
Any one or combination of the following conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for ear shaping surgery:
Your ears protrude too far from your head
Your ears feel too large in proportion to your head
Your ears are dissimilar in size
You might choose to have otoplasty if you’re bothered by how far your ears stick out from your head. You might also consider otoplasty if your ear or ears are misshapen due to an injury or birth defect.
Otoplasty can be done at any age after the ears have reached their full size — usually after age 5 — through adulthood.
If a child is born with prominent ears and certain other ear-shape problems, splinting may successfully correct these issues if started immediately after birth.
How Will My Plastic Surgeon Evaluate Me?
You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history including previous surgeries, past and present medical conditions and current medications.
Dr. Bundrick and Dr. O’Neal will examine your ears’ shape, placement, size, and symmetry.
What is the Procedure Like?
Otoplasty techniques vary based on what kind of correction is needed.
After making incisions, your doctor might remove excess cartilage and skin. He or she will then fold the cartilage into the proper position and secure it with internal stitches. Additional stitches will be used to close the incisions.
The procedure typically takes about two hours.
After otoplasty, your ears will be covered in bandages for protection and support.
You’ll likely feel some discomfort and itching. Take pain medication as recommended by your doctor. If you take pain medication and your discomfort increases, contact your doctor immediately.
To keep pressure off your ears, avoid sleeping on your side. Also try not to rub or place excessive force on the incisions.
When the doctor removes your bandages after a few days, other than being swollen and red, are the permanent results.
Resist wearing helmets, lying on the side of your face, or physical activity until your doctor decides it is safe.