Am I a good candidate for Otoplasty?
Some commonly desired outcomes for candidates considering Otoplasty are:
About the Ear Surgery Procedure
Typically, ear surgery takes one to two hours – approximately 45 minutes per ear.
Techniques employed will vary among physicians, and according to individual patients’ needs. Factors that may impact the choice of technique include the general anatomy of the ears, the extent of the ear cartilage, excessive skin in the surrounding area, or level of deformity in other areas of the ears.
The procedure itself is straight forward and minimally invasive, with incisions placed behind the ears so that there are no visible scars after the operation. Sutures are used to correct the shape of the ear and change the position of the ear relative to the head. Sometimes a piece of cartilage is removed. In patients who desire reduction in the size of the ear, sometimes an incision is placed on the front of the ear, just inside the rim, where the incision will not be visible.
There are two common Otoplasty techniques for prominent or protruding ears.
The specialist first determines the incision location by finding the most inconspicuous site on the back of the ear:
- Once the incision is made, the exposed ear cartilage will be sculpted and re-positioned closer to the head for a more natural-looking appearance.
- In the second common technique, skin is removed and the ear cartilage is folded back. There is no cartilage removed in this technique.
The professional may use non-removable stitches to help the cartilage maintain its position. Dissolvable or removable stitches can also be used for the incision location, which are removed or dissolve within seven days.
If some of the natural folds of the ear are missing, they will be created during the procedure. Missing or abnormal sections of the ear may be constructed or corrected using tissues taken from other parts of the ear or body.