Many people are born with ears that they feel are too large, or protrude too far from the side of the head. The medical term for this problem is prominauris or prominotia. This can have a significant impact on a person’s self image, and may even be a source of teasing in young children and adolescents. Otoplasty means reshaping the ears, and is commonly referred to as “pinning back” or “reducing” the ears. This procedure is generally performed by making incisions in the crease behind the ear, to hide any incision lines. The cartilage in the ears is typically weakened and reshaped, and excess skin and cartilage may be removed in order to allow the ears to be repositioned to the desired location. In some cases, no cartilage needs to be removed, and the ear may be reshaped and positioned with sutures alone.
Each patient presents a unique case as no one’s ears are the same, often differing slightly even in the same patient. For this reason, meticulous attention to detail must be undertaken to achieve symmetry between the two ears. Dr. Cain and Dr. Richardson both have specialized training in performing surgery on the ears and can assess your concerns and recommend which technique would provide the desired results during your consultation.
Otoplasty is generally performed under IV sedation in our private surgical center, and usually takes 1.5 – 2 hours to complete. Patients are discharged after surgery and follow up in clinic on the first day after the procedure for dressing removal and a post-operative checkup. The doctors and nurses provide detailed instructions on how to care for the ears after the procedure, but there is very little maintenance involved other than protecting the ears for the first few weeks after surgery. This procedure is life-changing and has an extremely high satisfaction rate!
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