Do you feel that your ears stick out more than you would like?
Otoplasty is the term for cosmetic surgery of the ear. It is usually performed on men or women who have outstanding ears! The ear can over-project at the top only, giving a droopy appearance, or the entire rim can protrude making one’s ears look as if they are too far from the side of the head. In either case, otoplasty, commonly known as “ear pinning,” can correct this.
Otoplasty can be performed under local or general anesthesia depending on your preference. An incision is made on the back surface of the ear, right in the crease so it remains barely visible. Excess ear cartilage that causes the ears to stick out is carefully reduced and /or folded back, effectively bringing your ears closer to your head.
After the procedure your ears will be dressed with gauze and a head-wrap for 1 week. You will need to keep this area dry during this time. Dr. Bowman will remove a single long suture from behind each ear after 1 week. Any discomfort or mild pain can be well-managed with medication for a few days.
Otoplasty is real surgery. Before you decide, it’s important to learn about any possible complications, even though they are rare. These will be fully explained to you during your private consultation with Dr. Bowman. At that time, you will have an opportunity for a careful and complete discussion of your procedure. You will benefit from asking all your questions and browsing through our photographs.