Unfortunately, there are a lot of people whose entire appearance is negatively affected by their ears. Their ears might stick out, or they might not sit in the proper position on their head. A person may have ears that are too large for the size of their head. Individuals dealing with these challenges would benefit from otoplasty.
What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that is designed to improve the appearance of the ears. It can take on many different forms, including pinning back ears that stick out too far from the head, reducing the size of ears that are too large for the head and fixing or reshaping ears that have some type of abnormality.
Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure. The details of each surgery vary from patient to patient, since each individual and situation is unique. If your ears stick out too far, they can be pinned back in a natural-looking way. Dr. Katzen can recreate some of the natural folds in the ear that might be missing for some people. Individuals who have ears that are damaged can have their ears sculpted. This is a versatile procedure that can be used to address a variety of ear irregularities.
What Should You Expect After Surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, after otoplasty, you should expect some downtime. The treated area will be sensitive following the procedure. It is important to take it easy during this time and follow our team’s instructions regarding healing. Generally, the recovery period for otoplasty is only about seven to ten days. Most people can return to work around this time.
Are You a Good Candidate for Otoplasty?
If you are unhappy with your asymmetrical ears, overly large ears or protruding ears, our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Katzen can likely help you with otoplasty surgery. During a consultation with Dr. Katzen, you can learn more about the procedure, as well as whether or not it is right for you. Good candidates for otoplasty are in good overall health with realistic expectations regarding the procedure, the recovery and the results.