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Ear Surgery or Otoplasty
Cosmetic ear surgery, technically called otoplasty, offers our Eugene, Oregon, patients with prominent ears the ability to reshape and reposition this important facial feature. While this procedure can be performed on children and teens, Dr. Jewell recommends that patients seeking correction of prominent ears consider waiting until the age of ten to ensure that ears have fully developed. Adults also find great value in the otoplasty, as many have delayed having this procedure. The otoplasty involves surgical incisions, and special techniques to fold prominent ears along with managing the prominence in the cup-shaped portion of the ear known as the concha.
What can an otoplasty correct?
Each case of ear surgery is highly individual, as is the delicate and highly individual anatomy of the ear. Dr. Jewell will do an analysis of the ear axis and the position on the head, ear size and angle of protrusion in order to formulate a surgical plan to correct the disproportionate or deformed ear.
How will the surgery be performed?
An incision is placed in the crease behind the ear. Sutures are used to correct the shape of the ear and change the position of the ear relative to the head. Sometimes a piece of cartilage is removed. In patients who desire reduction in the size of the ear, sometimes an incision is placed on the front of the ear, just inside the rim, where the incision will not be visible. Depending on the patient’s preference, the otoplasty can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia.
Will there be scarring?
Any incision results in a scar but the incisions are placed so that they will be inconspicuous and hopefully almost invisible.