Ears

Understanding Otoplasty
Surgery of the ear

 

Probably no other physical characteristic cries out for facial plastic surgery more than the protruding ear. Children, long the victims of cruel nicknames like “Dumbo” or “Mickey Mouse”, are the most likely candidates for otoplasty, but this surgery can be performed at any age after the ears have reached full size, usually around five or six years of age. Even if the ears are only mildly distorted, the condition can lead to self-consciousness and poor adaptation to school. When it comes to otoplasty, conventional wisdom is the earlier the better once the cartilages are ready.

 

Adults may also benefit from this procedure, which improves self-esteem with relative ease. Often, adults choose this surgery in conjunction with other facial plastic surgical procedures. Frequently adults with protruding ears grow tired of limiting their hair styles to cover their ears. Not only it is possible to “pin back” ears, but ears can also be reshaped, reduced in size, or made more symmetrical.

 

If you are wondering how otoplasty can improve the way you look, you need to know how otoplasty is performed and what you can expect from this procedure.

 

Successful facial plastic surgery is a result of good rapport between patient and surgeon. Trust, based on realistic expectations and exacting medical expertise, develops in the consulting stages before surgery. Your surgeon can answer specific questions about your specific needs.

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