Ear Surgery, also known as Otoplasty, is an aesthetic procedure performed to improve the shape, size, and proportion of the ears. The ear is one of the most anatomically complex structures of the face, and varies in appearance among individuals. Ears attain their shape through folding of flexible cartilage. The most common reason for protrusion is underdevelopment of one of the cartilage components of the ear. Protruding ears can lead to much social angst? for children and adults.
Re-creation of this normal structure can be easily done to give the patient natural appearing, symmetrical, and properly positioned ears. Often only one ear protrudes or demonstrates an asymmetrical defect compared to the other ear, and this can also be easily corrected.
Protruding ears typically do not lead to any functional problems. However, many individuals choose to have them addressed for cosmetic reasons. In these patients who are distressed due to protruding or large ears, otoplasty is an excellent option.
Also Earlobe Repair is often chosen by many patients. Although earrings serve to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the ears, they can lead to changes in the earlobes over time. They can cause stretching, enlargement, and tearing of the earlobes. Additionally, keloids can also occur. Surgery can easily correct these problems and restore the previous appearance of the ear(s).
People who are good candidates for ear plastic surgery are those who feel very self-conscious about the way their ears look. Often, they wear their hair long and over their ears to hide them. They may wear hats, scarves, or other things to cover their ears so that they cannot be seen. For children, many times they are teased in school and feel insecure with their difference from other students. It is unfair to the child, but unfortunately it still happens.
Candidates must be in good health, have no acute? diseases or serious, pre-existing medical conditions, and must have realistic expectations of the outcome of the surgery. Otoplasty can be performed at any age after the ears have reached (or nearly reached) their adult size. This usually occurs at around 5 to 6 years of age. This surgery is most frequently performed on children between the ages of 4 and 14. Most procedures are performed for aesthetic reasons and to help children better adapt and blend in with their peers. In many cases, children with large ears suffer from ridicule, adapt poorly to school, and feel extremely self-conscious. Adults may be candidates for this operation as well.
The risks for otoplasty are minimal. There will be a thin white scar behind the ear after healing. Because this scar is in a natural crease behind the ear, the problem of visibility is inconsequential.