Resize or Reshape Ears with Otoplasty
If your ears are too large, uneven, misshapen, or stick straight out from your head, a cosmetic procedure called otoplasty can be performed any time after the age of five. By this time, the ear cartilage is relatively firm and nearly adult size. The procedure is usually well tolerated by young children, and choosing to have the problem corrected early can protect your child from cruel school yard teasing. For adults who have have suffered years of poor self-esteem because of your ears, otoplasty can give you a whole new image and outlook today.
Incisions are placed behind the ear, where they are easily hidden in a natural crease. Dr. Morrow removes excess skin and sculpts the cartilage, reducing the size of the ears and repositioning them closer to the head. Long-lasting sutures may be placed in the cartilage to secure its new position and create natural-looking ear folds.
This outpatient procedure commonly takes two hours. Although young children usually receive general anesthesia, adults typically have the procedure performed with local anesthesia and intravenous sedation (twilight sleep). Some discomfort is common, but easily controlled with mild pain medication. A conforming pressure dressing is maintained for four days. Most people return to school or work within one week.