The ears are one of the most prominent parts of the body and they can often be a source of exasperation and embarrassment for people of all ages. Ears that are too prominent and protrude too far from the head can be a source of concern that many people want to address with otoplasty. Are you upset about the size or shape of your ears? Do you want to learn how otoplasty can help you gain the look you desire to the ears? If so, let’s start with an explanation of otoplasty by a Los Angeles plastic surgeon (courtesy of Cosmetic Town TV):
Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that is performed to alter and improve the appearance of the ears by making changes to the size, projection, and shape of the ears. The procedure is also known as “ear pinning” and it can give the ears a more improved aesthetic as well as a more balanced look on the head (as opposed to the ears sticking out too far and being an obvious distraction to those viewing the head).
The results from otoplasty can help give you greater self-confidence and an improved self-image. In addition, the changes made through otoplasty can also make it possible for you to wear your preferred hairstyle instead of a hairstyle that is necessary to hide the appearance of prominent ears.
One of the main goals of otoplasty is to create a natural look to the ears so it is not obvious to others that surgical changes were made to their appearance. Ideally, the ears will be in balance with the facial structure which means they do not draw attention to their position on the head or their size and shape on the head. In order to achieve the desired look to the ears, the surgeon will chat with you to learn the desired amount of changes and the final appearance you hope to gain after the surgery. Otoplasty is a not a “one size fits all” treatment which means the procedure needs to be customized to your specific needs and goals.
In general, otoplasty is performed on children between the ages of 4-14 (once their ears have finished growing) or on adults who were not able to have the surgery as a child. The goal of the procedure might be to make changes to the size or shape of the ears, or the surgeon might want to change the look of the ears because they currently have a look that is misshapen.
The surgery starts with the doctor creating a small incision in the back of the ear in order to access the targeted cartilage. The doctor then removes a certain amount of excess skin and cartilage in order to reduce the appearance of the ears (or just one of the ears depending on the results desired by the patient). The removal of the excess cartilage and skin results in the ears gaining a look that is smaller while still remaining natural in appearance.
The surgery can take one or two hours to complete, and the surgeon will place a dressing over the ears to help protect them and to keep them in place for several days after the procedure. You might need to wear a headband at night for a few weeks to help protect the ears while you are sleeping.
The ears will start to have an improved look after two or three weeks, but it can take up to a year for the final results to be visible to others.
The ideal candidate for otoplasty is a person who wants to make changes to the size, look or shape of ears that are prominent, protruding, or misshaped. You can also be a good candidate for the surgery if you have ears that are lacking in symmetry, or you were not happy with the results you gained from a previous otoplasty procedure.
You should also be in overall good health and not be a regular smoker (as smoking can slow down the healing process). You will need to have realistic expectations about the type of results you can expect to see once the final results are visible.
In order to determine if you are a good otoplasty candidate, you will need to schedule an appointment with a board-certified surgeon who is experienced in performing otoplasty. The doctor will take the time to chat with you and explain the benefits of otoplasty along with reviewing the process from preparing for the surgery to the actual procedure and the recovery process. A well-informed patient is one who is able to make an educated decision about having plastic surgery. Once you have all of your questions answered, you can make a final decision about having otoplasty surgery.