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Misshapen or protruding ears can create significant emotional distress for both children and adults.
During a consultation for otoplasty Westport plastic surgeon, Dr. O’Connell, will carefully evaluate the anatomy of the ears as well as overall facial proportions. He will explain to you the anatomical reasons for the ear deformity and the possible alternatives for treatment. Your medical history will be reviewed and you’ll have ample opportunity to ask questions.
Dr. O’Connell has performed two otoplasties on sisters for the popular television show, Inside Edition. As a graduate of Cornell University Medical College and the Cornell-New York Hospital plastic surgery residency program, he is a highly trained plastic surgeon with over 35 years of surgical experience. Dr. O’Connell has been named as a “Top Doctor” by Castle Connolly for the past 17 years. We believe that when choosing a plastic surgeon it’s best to “do your homework” and always look for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
An otoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to correct protruding or misshapen external ears.
Misshapen ears can have a profound effect upon facial balance and harmony. In most cases, otoplasties are performed to bring the ears closer to the scalp and to restore their normal anatomy including the angle between the ear and the scalp.
While otoplasty provides a measurable aesthetic benefit, the effect upon self-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.
Dr. Joseph O’Connell, Total Aesthetics in Westport, CT
To minimize the schoolyard teasing and resulting self-consciousness, Dr. O’Connell prefers to perform otoplasty when the child is in kindergarten (approximately age 5) or older.
In most cases, protrusion of the external ear is a result of incomplete development of a fold known as the anti-helix and/or excess depth of the concha (the “bowl” of the ear). In most Westport otoplasty procedures, Dr. O'Connell addresses both abnormalities.
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.
Whenever possible, Dr. O’Connell prefers to hide the incisions behind the ear.
There are minimal risks with this procedure but some of the side effects can include asymmetry, incomplete correction or loss of correction, bleeding, and other potential complications. When it comes to a major procedure such as otoplasty Westport patients must have a thorough discussion of the potential benefits and possible risks, as an important part of the preoperative consultative process, here at Total Aesthetics.
Following your Westport otoplasty procedure you will be placed in a carefully fitted bandage for about 48 hours. Our patients then wear a headband to protect the ears. Most patients are able to return to work/school in about a week or less.
Here are some of the reasons why getting a Westport Otoplasty done can benefit you:
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Candidates for otoplasty should have concerns about protruding or misshapen ears, be in good physical and mental health and have realistic expectations about the procedure.
Potential patients should be accepting of the risks and possible complications that accompany otoplasty. Wherever possible children should be accepting of the procedure and willing to proceed.
Many people are self-conscious about their ears. Starting in their childhood, they can be unhappy with the shape and size of their ears.
Some children are even teased for their “Dumbo” ears due to their large size or because the ears protrude excessively or droop. While adults can wear hats to hide their imperfect ears, children unfortunately can be teased at school, making them feel like an outcast.
This is where otoplasty can change a person’s life. This cosmetic ear surgery alters the ears for a more symmetric appearance, improved shape and, most importantly, alteration of the way that they protrude from the scalp. Otoplasty is also used for correction of ear birth defects. Otoplasty brings a dramatic impact on a person’s appearance and self-confidence. The effect upon one’s confidence can be immeasurable, especially for children who are teased about their ears, and for men and women who modify their hairstyles to hide their ears. With Total Aesthetics at the helm of your otoplasty Westport children and adults with protruding ear issues are in great hands. Schedule your visit today!
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