Misshapen or protruding ears can create significant emotional distress for both children and adults. Cosmetic ear surgery (otoplasty) can restore facial balance by reshaping the external ear and restoring the natural angle between the ear and the scalp. The effect upon one’s confidence can be immeasurable, especially for children who are teased about their ears and for both men and women who modify their hairstyles to hide their ears.
What is an otoplasty?
An otoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to correct protruding or misshapen external ears.
Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) FAQs
What causes protrusion of the ears?
In most cases protrusion of the external ear is a result of incomplete development of a fold known as the anti-helix or excess depth of the concha (the “bowl” of the ear).
What type of anesthesia is used for otoplasty?
While otoplasty in younger children is usually performed under general anesthesia, adolescents and adults can often have the procedure utilizing local anesthesia with or without sedation.
At what age should otoplasty be performed?
To minimize the schoolyard teasing and resulting self-consciousness Dr. O’Connell prefers to perform the procedure when the child is in kindergarten (approximately age 5) or older.
Where are the incisions for otoplasty?
Whenever possible, Dr. O’Connell prefers to hide the incisions behind the ear. Occasionally one or more incisions are placed on the front of the ear.