The shape, size, and protrusion of an individual’s ears can have a significant impact on their facial appearance, as well as self-esteem. This is particularly true for adolescents who are currently in or about to enter their most impressionable years of schooling, though many adults are also sensitive to these concerns.
At 740 Park Plastic Surgery, Dr. Stafford Broumand offers Otoplasty—also referred to as ear surgery—to recontour and/or reposition the ears for a more proportionate, balanced appearance in relation to the rest of the face. By employing a customized approach, our board-certified plastic surgeon can effectively address your concerns and achieve your Otoplasty goals with exceptional, natural-looking results.
Otoplasty can be performed for patients old and young (as long as the ears have stopped gon your unique needs, ear surgery can often help:
-Decrease the size of the ears.
-Reshape the ears for improved proportion and symmetry.
-Pin back or reposition protruding ears.
-Improve balance between the ears and face.
In addition to aesthetic benefits, the majority of patients report renewed self-confidence in or about to begin their formative years of schooling and/or extracurricular activities.
The initial consultation for Otoplasty is roughly 30 minutes.. Our surgeons’ goal during this time is to listen attentively to your concerns so they can fully understand your motivation and goals for treatment. If having someone else present will help you better retain the information, ask the pertinent questions, and provide overall moral support, we encourage inviting a close friend or family member to attend the consultation with you.
During this in-depth appointment, Dr. Broumand will conduct a physical exam and discuss medical history to better determine if Otoplasty is the right procedure for you. Following the examination, we will discuss the expected surgical outcome with the help of VECTRA® XT technology—an advanced imaging system that allows a 3D image of your face to be taken and modified based on the proposed procedural strategy. This innovative tool can help you establish realistic expectations for surgery, potentially leading to higher postoperative satisfaction.
Once a treatment plan has been decided and agreed upon by both you and your surgeon, our friendly staff will assist you schedule your procedure at your convenience.
Prior to your Otoplasty procedure, our team will provide a comprehensive pre-operative list to ensure you have the best experience possible. Some of the things you can do leading up to treatment procedure is refrain from aspirin products, stop certain medications, avoid particular vitamins, and add Arnica herbal supplements to your regimen.
When the day of surgery arrives, you will be greeted by our office staff and taken back for prep. Once settled, you will meet with the surgical nurse and anesthesiologist individually. Your surgeon will visit to review any final questions before treatment.
At our practice, Dr. Broumand tailors each Otoplasty procedure to meet the needs and goals of the individual. During surgery, tiny incisions are discreetly made in the natural fold behind the ear. Cartilage is then meticulously recontoured and/or extracted through these incisions until an ideal shape and size is attained. If needed/desired, the ears can be pinned back at this time, which is accomplished using small sutures placed behind the ear. Depending on the patient’s age and the intricacy of the operation, Otoplasty is performed under local or general anesthesia and usually takes about one hour to complete. Patients are generally able to return home under the care of a friend or family member following surgery.
The majority of individuals are required to wear a head wrap for a few days after the Otoplasty procedure. Once this is removed, a special headband is then to be worn temporarily to help protect the ears as they heal. Light, non-vigorous activities can often be resumed the day after ear surgery, and the majority of adults can typically return to non-strenuous jobs within approximately a few days. Similarly, children and adolescents can usually return to school about five to seven days after surgery. Regardless of age, any heavy lifting and/or physical activity should be avoided for a minimum of a couple weeks.