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Ear Surgery

What is Ear Surgery?

What is Ear Surgery?

If protruding or disfigured ears bother you or your child, you may consider plastic surgery. Ear surgery - also known as otoplasty - can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. It can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth, that becomes apparent with development or it can treat misshapen ears caused by injury.

Ear surgery creates a natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound benefits to appearance and self-esteem.

Specifically ear surgery can treat:

  • Overly large ears - a rare condition called macrotia
  • Protruding ears occurring on one or both sides in varying degrees - not associated with hearing loss
  • Adult dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery



Am I a candidate for Ear Surgery?

Am I a candidate for Ear Surgery?

Children who are good candidates for ear surgery are:

    • Healthy, without a life-threatening illness or untreated chronic ear infections
    • Generally 5 years old, or when a child's ear cartilage is stable enough for correction
    • Cooperative and follow instructions well
    • Able to communicate their feelings and do not voice objections when surgery is discussed

    Teenagers and adults who are good candidates for ear surgery are:

    • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
    • Non-smokers
    • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for ear surgery



How is Ear Surgery done?

How is Ear Surgery done?

Step 1 - Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include local, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 - The incision

Correction of protruding ears uses surgical techniques to create or increase the antihelical fold (just inside the rim of the ear) and to reduce enlarged conchal cartilage (the largest and deepest concavity of the external ear). Incisions for otoplasty are generally made on the back surface of the ear. When incisions are necessary on the front of the ear, they are made within its folds to hide them. Internal, non-removable sutures are used to create and secure the newly shaped cartilage in place.

Step 3 - Closing the incisions

External stitches close the incision. Techniques are individualized, taking care not to distort other structures and to avoid an unnatural "pinned back" appearance.

Step 4 - See the results

Ear surgery offers near immediate results in cases of protruding ears, visible once the dressings that support the new shape of the ear during initial phases of healing are removed. With the ear permanently positioned closer to the head, surgical scars are either hidden behind the ear or well-hidden in the natural creases of the ear.





Before and After - Actual Patient Results

Ear Surgery Before and After Photos




Many Procedure Details Excerpted from the ASPS/ASAPS Patient Education Brochures © ASPS/ASAPS 2008

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PATIENT TESTIMONIAL


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Overall, I'm very pleased with my 'new look'.


01/23/17

Very satisfied...excellent team!


03/08/17

Very pleased with every staff member & every step of the surgery process.


02/02/17

I have great gratitude to all staff and Dr. Strinden.


11/16/16

A great experience by a fantastic group.


12/30/16

The entire staff has been nothing but extremely helpful.


01/23/17

Great experience.


01/12/17

Everything was great!!


01/23/17

I was satisfied with every aspect of my care.


01/23/17

Great Job For all The Staff!


09/12/16

Everything was explained clearly.


09/14/16

Great experience!


03/08/17





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