Otoplasty (surgery for correction of prominent ears) is an advanced procedure that can address a number of concerns. Known as… Read More
Otoplasty, or correction of a prominent or malformed ear, is one of the select cosmetic operations performed on children. The goal for correcting a prominent ear is to set it back to its appropriate position and re-create normal contours.
Who is a good candidate?
- Age greater than 6 years old (adults are also excellent candidates)
- Prominent or protruding ear
- Lack of normal contours
- Appropriate expectations
How is the procedure performed?
Otoplasty can be performed under mild sedation with local anesthesia in an operating or procedure room by our facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jess Prischmann. The surgical plan depends on the patient’s physical exam. Often, an incision is made behind the ear. Excess cartilage is conservatively removed. Internal sutures are placed to “set back” the ear and re-create normal antihelical contours. External sutures are placed to close the incision. The procedure usually takes about 30-45 minutes.
What is the recovery?
Downtime associated with otoplasty is about one week for kids, shorter for adults. Care is taken to make sure that the ear is not “pulled,” as the setback sutures can tear or come undone. A headband is worn at night for one month to keep the ear in good position. Despite this, about 10% of patients may need a “touch-up” after surgery.
For more information on otoplasty and ear surgery procedures, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Prischmann to discuss your options, please contact our practice.