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Ear Surgery or Otoplasty
An otoplasty gives patients who have prominent or ears that are out of proportion the opportunity to create a new shape to the ear and reposition it. This procedure can be performed on children and teens however, Dr. Jewell strongly suggests that patients looking to correct prominent ears think about waiting until at least ten years of age to ensure that ears have completely developed. Adults also benefit from otoplasty, because many people have waited to have this procedure. The otoplasty involves surgical incisions, and specific techniques to fold prominent ears as well as managing the prominence in the cup-shaped portion of the ear called 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.