Also known as ear surgery, otoplasty means literally from Greek, the reshaping of the ear. Typically a small incision is made behind the ear and control stitches recreate the Y-shaped part called the anti-helix and another set to de-project the ears so they are less visible from the front view. These control stitches will remain with you but are invisible.
Otoplasty is individualized based on your or your child’s particular anatomy. Ears may range from prominent to “cupped” to partially or completely absent. Timing for ear surgery in children is typically around 6-10 years of age when they become teased or aware of the prominent ears.
Ear correction surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure in the liv Plastic Surgery offices in Boca Raton, South Florida. Adults can have the procedure performed with local anesthesia while complete anesthesia is recommended for most children and teens.
Types of Otoplasty
Described above, the ear is reshaped and their projection reduced with internal stitches. This is the most common procedure performed.
Making a normal appearing ear after an injury or surgical removal of skin cancer is considered ear reconstruction.
Some children are born with very small or completely absent ears. This condition is termed microtia. A completely new ear can be built from rib cartilage or a specially constructed prosthetic fabricated with 3-D printing to simulate a more normal ear.
Who is a Candidate for Otoplasty?
You are a good candidate for otoplasty ear correction if you have:
- Prominent or overly projected ears
- A child being teased for having big/Dumbo ears
- Had an ear injury resulting in abnormal shape
- Partially missing ear due to birth or surgery for skin cancer
During your or your child’s complimentary consultation* your liv Plastic Surgery physician will evaluate your ear anatomy and also make sure there are no other congenital conditions or internal hearing impairments present that might have been overlooked. For kids, we want to make sure that they are mature enough and motivated enough to follow postoperative instructions so that the results of the procedure can be excellent.
Otoplasty Surgery Results
Otoplasty surgery results are immediate and visible to the patient the next day when the dressings are removed, almost always followed by, ” Oh Wow!,” comment from our liv Plastic Surgery patients. To maintain the results and headband or tennis band must be worn over the newly reshaped ears for about six weeks. The results look completely natural.