Many people are unhappy with the size, shape, or position of their ears. They wear their hair down, wear hats, or otherwise try to hide misshapen or protruding ears. However, there are other solutions. There is a simple procedure that can pin ears back or change other aspects of the ears. This procedure is called otoplasty and in the hands of an experienced facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Joseph Russell, surgery on the ears can be a simple procedure that produces attractive, natural-appearing results.
What Is an Otoplasty
Facial plastic surgery on the ears aims to correct the external appearance of the ears so they are attractive, positioned correctly, and lay flat. There are many reasons for people to get this kind of surgery. Some people are born with protruding ears, asymmetrical ears, or ears that are an unattractive shape. Other people find that as they grow, their ears are no longer harmonious with their head shape. Last, ears can be damaged by accidents and trauma, leaving them less attractive.
Every ear surgery is as unique as the person having it. It is important to choose a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is trained and experienced to create an ear shape and position that will blend with your natural facial features and head shape. These procedures require not just reshaping and resizing of the ear but balancing the ears with your other features.
How Is This Procedure Performed?
In an ear surgery, Dr. Russell will reshape the cartilage that forms the shape of the ear. In addition, cartilage and other tissue can be removed if necessary. Once the ears have been reshaped, they are positioned so they are in the most attractive placement and position. In most cases, the incisions for this surgery are made on the backside of the ear or hidden in folds of the ear. This prevents visible scarring.
Ear procedures are usually performed under anesthesia at a hospital or surgery center. A headwrap will be placed at the end of surgery and worn for several days to a week to allow the ears to heal in their new position. Depending on the degree of surgery required, the ears will usually be swollen a first but will have a normal appearance at around 2 weeks after the surgery.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Surgery on the Ears?
Most facial plastic surgeries are not performed until the patient is in their late teens or even adulthood. Ear pinning surgery is the exception. Because ears are primarily constructed out of cartilage, they can be shaped and re-positioned as early as age 5 to 6. This is the ideal time for surgery for children with ear deformities, because the cartilage is 90% of its adult size at this time, and this is also the time when children may begin to be teased by other children as they begin attending school. However, otoplasty can just as easily be performed in older children, teens, and adults.
If you are interested in an ear pinning surgery for your child or yourself, a consultation is the first step. It is important to choose a facial plastic surgeon who has the right experience and training. Dr. Joseph Russell grew up in the Charleston area and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He attended a prestigious fellowship in New York City and since been providing a variety of facial plastic procedures to satisfied patients in the Charleston area. A consultation with Dr. Russell is the first step in determining if this procedure can give your child or you a natural, confident appearance. Call (843) 576-3302 today to schedule a consultation.