WHAT IS OTOPLASTY?
The primary goal of otoplasty (ear surgery) is to achieve symmetrically balanced facial proportions through the surgical creation of natural-looking and aesthetically desirable ear structures. Patients elect to undergo ear surgery in order to correct ear malformations resulting from genetics or injuries, and to enhance the overall cosmetic appearance of the ears. Otoplasty is an appropriate choice to resolve problems of misshapen ear cartilage for both children and adults; however, it is preferable for children to be at least 4-6 years of age to ensure that their ear structure is completely formed prior to having surgery.
Ear surgery is often performed to treat and correct the medical condition of macrotia (overly large ears), and is an effective means of correcting the aesthetic problem of ears that protrude bilaterally (on both sides) or unilaterally (on one side). Additionally, otoplasty can be performed in a revisionary capacity, to modify and improve upon the results of a previous ear surgery in adult patients. Otoplasty requires a high degree of precision and understanding of the delicate ear structures, and should only be performed by an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. J. Timothy Katzen.
Dr. Katzen is a highly-skilled plastic surgeon with the knowledge and meticulous technical skills to bring your otoplasty goals to fruition. Guided by his patient-centered surgical philosophy, Dr. Katzen takes the time to inform his patients about all of their ear surgery options, and guides them patiently and compassionately throughout their surgical experience, ensuring that they are safe and comfortable, and that they achieve beautiful and natural-looking results.
Prior to you otoplasty procedure, you will be sedated with either local, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia. During your surgery, small, inconspicuous incisions will be hidden within the crease behind your ears, and sutures will be utilized to fold your ear cartilage back to an aesthetically desirable location. If necessary, the antihelical fold (located on the inner rim of the ear) will be augmented, and excess conchal cartilage will be carefully removed. Sutures will be used to bring your earlobe into balance with the new ear position, and any excess skin will be excised. Dr. Katzen takes pride in creating natural-looking ear surgery results, and uses specific techniques to prevent an unnatural, “pinned back” ear appearance.
OTOPLASTY RECOVERY AND RESULTS
Otoplasty is generally performed in an outpatient setting, with an average post-operative recovery period of approximately 7 to 10 days. Your original surgical dressing will stay in place for 24-36 hours—children who have undergone ear surgery should be monitored to ensure that this bandage remains in place throughout the first 24 hours following the procedure. Pain medication will be prescribed to minimize any post-procedural ear soreness or discomfort, and for the next seven days you will apply antibiotic ointment into your ear creases, and you will wear a sports headband to cover your ears as they heal. During your one-week follow-up visit you will be able to observe the aesthetically enhanced shape and position of your new ear structure, and your results will continue to improve over the next six weeks, as any residual swelling or puffiness dissipates. Most patients return to school and work after 7-10 days, although you will be advised to avoid strenuous physical activities for an additional 4-6 weeks.
At his private practice in Beverly Hills, California, Dr. Katzen has cultivated a warm, welcoming office environment, where you will feel secure and comfortable throughout your ear surgery experience. Dr. Katzen works closely with all of his patients, and creates customized treatment plans that are tailored to address the unique ear surgery goals and aesthetic preferences of each patient. Dr. Katzen has the knowledge and experience to produce a surgical outcome that not only meets, but vastly exceeds your expectations. If you would like additional information about ear surgery, please contact Dr. Katzen’s office today. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Katzen.