Achieve a Balanced Ear Shape with Otoplasty
An aesthetically unbalanced ear can cause of distress, whether as an adult or during the vulnerable years of childhood. Whether the ear is too large, underdeveloped or misshapen, it can be the cause of great self-consciousness and social anxiety. Children and adolescents, in particular, suffer from bullying and social awkwardness due to prominent or unbalanced ears, which can have lasting effects on their self-image. Fortunately, cosmetic ear surgery, or otoplasty, can safely be performed on adults and children over the age of five, mitigating the social anxiety that can result from living with an aesthetically unappealing ear shape.
To determine whether you or your child might be a good candidate for otoplasty, a consultation with Dr. Stephen M. Becker, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon in our comfortable Alcoa, Tennessee office will provide you with a range of options for achieving your aesthetic goals. Dr. Becker is a skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeon, and is dedicated to providing a high level of patient care with a focus on developing customized treatment plans. He can provide recommendations for achieving an appropriate ear size and shape that will blend harmoniously with existing facial features, without having an overcorrected or “operated on” look. Otoplasty can be expected to:
- Reduce the size and prominence of overly large ears
- Pin back prominent ears to balance with the head shape
- Repair ears damaged by injury, folding, or cupping
Don’t allow the appearance of your ears to negatively impact your, or your child’s, self-esteem! Whether the appearance of your ears has been compromised by injury, genetic abnormality, or is simply aesthetically unappealing, otoplasty is an excellent solution.
How Otoplasty Works
Every ear surgery is different, and depending on the extent and involvement of your treatment plan, it may be conducted under local, intravenous, or general anesthesia. In the majority of cases, an incision is made in the back of the ear, ensuring that it will be well concealed to the outside world once the healing process is complete. In some cases, an incision is necessary in the front of the ear, and in these cases, the incision is generally made within the well-hidden fold of the ear. The ear cartilage will then be shaped, trimmed, enhanced, or pinned back, depending on your specific treatment plan and desired aesthetic effect.
Depending on the precise nature of your surgery, the recovery time will vary. In general, you should expect to wear a compressive headband around your ears during the initial days following surgery, in order to keep the newly-crafted ear shape in place. Lighter bandages will also be worn for several days after the compressive headband is removed. In most cases, your sutures will be absorbed back into the body and do not require removal, and you can expect to resume your normal daily activities in a week; although patients should refrain from strenuous activity or contact sports for several weeks. Once the bandages are removed, about a week following surgery, your new ear shape will be immediately evident, and a full and complete recovery should be expected within 3 months.
Contact Dr. Stephen M. Becker
Dr. Stephen M. Becker and his team of professionals conduct a wide range of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures with the highest degree of attention to individualized treatment plans and superior patient care. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon Dr. Stephen M. Becker is a well trained and experienced surgeon with exemplary skills in the delicate art of aesthetic surgery. Whether you’re seeking to repair cosmetic damage from injury, turn back the clock on aging or just be the best version of “you”, a detailed consultation with Dr. Stephen M. Becker in our Alcoa, Tennessee office will guide you towards treatment options that will help you attain your desired aesthetic effects with the least amount of discomfort or downtime.