Wish Your Ears Were Smaller? Otoplasty May Be a Solution


Wish Your Ears Were Smaller? Otoplasty May Be a Solution

Otoplasty, also referred to as ear pinning surgery, is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to adjust the shape, size or position of the ears. Children are the most common recipients of otoplasty surgery, but the procedure can be performed on an individual of any age. As with any plastic surgery procedure, it is imperative to select a surgeon who is board-certified by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a designation given to physicians who have completed specific prerequisites for the surgery of the face and neck. Additionally, it is recommended that your surgeon for an otoplasty be certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology, given to those who are certified ENT physicians. Altering the structure of the ears should be entrusted to a surgeon who has exceptional knowledge and skill of the procedure to ensure the most symmetrical and natural appearance possible. 

An otoplasty begins with an incision located right behind the ear within the natural crease where the head and ear join together. Through these incisions, excess cartilage and skin are removed. The remaining cartilage is folded back and secured to the head with internal stitches. In some cases, cartilage will not be removed but instead, the surgeon will utilize multiple stitches to hold the existing cartilage in place. After sculpting the cartilage, sutures will be added to hold everything in its place until fully healed. Candidates for otoplasty should have fully developed ears, ears are usually fully formed by age 5, and be non-smokers. Most patients who consider otoplasty are concerned with protruding ears, ears that are larger in proportion to the rest of their facial features, and adults who are dissatisfied with previous corrective ear surgery. The results of otoplasty are immediate and permanent. With the ear positioned closer to the head, surgical scars are either hidden behind the ear or within the natural creases of the ear. 

Otoplasty offers a life changing solution to any ear deformity or ears that make one feel self-conscious. The goal of otoplasty is fixing aesthetic issues or birth defects for those who wish their ears were smaller or just a more appropriate size or distance to the head. If you are looking to bring balance to your facial features or want to eliminate any negative feelings large or protruding ears are causing to your confidence, otoplasty may be the right option for you. David W. Allison, MD welcomes you to bring all questions and concerns to your consultation so that you can be sure otoplasty will benefit you. To request a consultation, call our office at 703-754-8228 or visit online at WEBSITE for more information.

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