Otoplasty, more commonly referred to as ear surgery, is a common procedure for repositioning and reshaping prominent, unattractive ears. When the ears stick out, especially in childhood, the patient may be the target of teasing or ridicule and may have experiences that can lower self-esteem and lead to emotional trauma. Adults may also suffer insecurities over their disproportionately large or misshapen ears, choosing to hide them under hair, hats or scarves.
Otoplasty can be performed on children as young as 6 years of age, in some cases. Most doctors agree that the best time to undergo the surgery for children is usually during the summer or winter school break when there is adequate time to heal. During the procedure, the ear cartilage is resculpted and refined, and the ears are pinned back closer to the scalp in a more aesthetically pleasing position that is favorable from all angles. After otoplasty, most patients experience a marked improvement in self-confidence.
Why choose PPSD for your ear surgery?
Clients of all ages and backgrounds choose PPSD for our impressive selection of vetted, board-certified plastic surgeons, who combine decades of expertise and training with a warm, patient-centric approach. The PPSD difference can be seen in our stunning before and after photos, as well as in the constant support and guidance we provide from your first phone call all the way through your recovery.
During your initial consultation, your surgeon will examine your ears, review your medical records, and take all the time needed to understand your goals and answer your questions. A clear roadmap of the procedure is presented, detailing everything from the type of anesthesia you will receive to whether the procedure is covered by insurance companies. Elementary and high school aged patients find our doctors compassionate, friendly and relatable, and most enter surgery with a positive outlook.
For your convenience, we are accessible to patients from all over the Charlotte, NC region, including the cities of Gastonia, Shelby, Denver, Cornelius and Hickory. Call us today to schedule a confidential consultation.
What can I expect from the otoplasty procedure?
All patients receive treatment at one of our immaculate, AAAASF-accredited outpatient operating suites. While adults have the option of undergoing local anesthesia with IV sedation, children requiring otoplasty require general anesthesia, allowing them to sleep through the entire procedure. An otoplasty typically takes 1-2 hours.
The doctor will create a concealed retroauricular incision (behind the ear) through which the cartilage can be accessed for trimming or adjustment. Sometimes the concha, another portion of the external ear, or the earlobes will also need to be reshaped.
Recovery from ear pinning
After surgery, the doctor may apply a compression bandage or an ear bolster to keep the ears drained of excess fluid and to allow the skin to remain appropriately positioned and shaped over the cartilage. Patients may experience swelling, tenderness or numbness at the incision sites, but this typically resolves quickly. Pain medication is available to ensure your maximum comfort. It’s important to explain to younger patients that they cannot scratch, play with, or otherwise disturb their ears during the recovery process.
Sutures will be removed within 10-14 days. Until this time, it’s a good idea to refrain from sleeping on one’s side and to also avoid rigorous sports or exercise. A normal school or work schedule can usually be resumed within 2 weeks. Although it may take time for the scars to fade along with any redness, the fantastic results from your otoplasty are permanent.