Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)
Some people are born with prominent ears that tend to stick out. Many times this occurs because the folds in the cartilage of the ear have not developed. This surgery is performed to correct the asymmetry and to re-create the anti-helical fold. Many adults wear their hair long to cover up prominent ears and women may refuse to wear their hair up because of prominent ears.
This surgery takes approximately one hour to perform. The technique used is typically an incision approximately 1 1/2 inches long in the crease behind the ear where the cartilage is exposed. The fold is re-created and if needed and the cartilage is secured to the back of the head and the ear set back with permanent sutures. Precise measurements are taken so both ears protrude from the side of the head approximately 12-15 mm after the surgery. Both permanent and dissolvable sutures are used to help maintain the new shape of the ear. Patient wear a head-wrap for the first few days after the procedure.
This procedure is done with either general anesthesia or local anesthetic. Contact Seattle plastic surgeon for more information.