Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure designed to reposition and/or reshape either one or both ears to restore balance to the facial appearance. Patients often seek otoplasty surgery to correct ears that are prominent or protruding. For over 15 years, Kelowna plastic surgeon Brian J. Miller, MD has been customizing otoplasty treatment plans for patients who would like to address these concerns and others associated with the appearance of their ears. Ear shape deformities and irregular features can also be corrected with the help of otoplasty. Depending on the exact source of your concerns, Dr. Miller will personalize his approach to treatment in order to deliver proportional, natural-looking results.
More information on otoplasty can be found below. If you have questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, please contact our office today.
Am I a Candidate for Otoplasty?
Good candidates for otoplasty are usually children or adults who are negatively impacted by large or protruding ears. A child’s ear cartilage must reach the majority of maturation, which is usually at approximately five years of age, before they can undergo otoplasty. However, there is no maximum age limit for otoplasty. Patients who are in good general health, do not smoke, have realistic expectations, and have a positive outlook on the surgery are usually good candidates for the procedure.
How Is the Otoplasty Procedure Performed?
Otoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Miller begins the otoplasty procedure by making a small incision in the natural crease behind the ear. He is then able to remove skin and reshape the cartilage through until the ear is at its desired shape and position. If necessary, Dr. Miller will use the same technique on the other ear to keep the results as symmetrical as possible. Patients can typically expect surgery to be complete within one to two hours.
What Can I Expect During Otoplasty Recovery?
Treated ears should be wrapped in soft dressings following otoplasty. Dr. Miller will advise when the dressings can be removed. For the first week, we usually recommend that patients sleep on their backs with their heads elevated for optimal comfort during recovery. After the first week, patients can return to their normal daily activities; however, strenuous sports and other activities that are likely to cause trauma to the ears should be avoided up to three months. Patients may experience a minimal amount of pain and discomfort after otoplasty but can often very effectively manage their symptoms with over-the-counter pain medication.