Otoplasty is the surgical reshaping of the outer ear, to correct either deformities or make them look better. Otyoplasty can be either a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure. Pinning back prominent ears is an example of cosmetic otoplasty, while surgery to build up the outer ear after injury is an example of reconstructive otoplasty. Otoplasty more commonly occurs during childhood, but can be done on patients of any age.
Cosmetic ear surgery is a highly individualized procedure, with the best results achieved through a thorough consultation with your cosmetic surgeon. A surgeon will be able to recommend the best cosmetic ear surgery approach for you or your child’s needs.
Cosmetic ear surgery can dramatically change your appearance. The results from ear surgery are immediate and usually long lasting. Follow-up with your surgeon is important to maintaining your results.
How long will bruising and swelling last?
Postoperative bruising and swelling begins to resolve at the end of the first week. Full resolution of bruising or swelling may take two to three weeks. However, you may camouflage bruises fairly easily at seven to ten days with concealer stick.
How long does my otoplasty surgery take?
The length of your otoplasty surgery depends on several factors including the complexity of each person’s ears. Many patients who have previously had an otoplasty are referred to the Lindsay House for revision surgery. Revision otoplasty can take a little longer because of corrections that need to be made as a result of the initial surgery.
Will I still look like “me” after surgery?
Many of our patients report that, upon return to work and routine daily activities, friends and acquaintances make the following remarks: “Gee you look great. Did you change your hairstyle?” or “Have you been on vacation?” Retaining your unique beauty is the sign of a successful procedure. Although the change may be significant to you, it’s not uncommon that friends and family don’t really notice the specific changes.
What’s the best age for my child to have an otoplasty?
There are a couple of factors to consider in determining the best age for your youth. First, ear development nears maturity around five or six years of age. Therefore, that age is an excellent time to have your child evaluated by a facial plastic surgeon. Another important factor is the psychological effect of peer pressure, which routinely starts around ages seven or eight. If the otoplasty is performed prior to the onset of peer pressure yet timed when the cartilage is mature enough to be reshaped, your child is not as adversely affected by the teasing of unknowing classmates. Typically we tell parents to schedule an initial consultation when the child is about age five or six.
Is only one ear treated if only one is protruding?
To achieve the best balance, cosmetic ear surgery is typically performed on both ears even if only one ear is protruding.