Protruding Ear Correction - Otoplasty

Beverly Hills otoplasty patient before and after photos.Otoplasty (Protruding Ear Correction / Ear Pin Back)

Since the ears are located in the mid plane of the face, any deformity or asymmetry becomes very noticeable. Ear deformities are generally congenital rather than traumatic in origin. Protruding ears often become a source of teasing and ridicule during childhood, which can lead to unnecessary emotional strain. The primary reason for operating on prominent ears is to eliminate the psychological effect that the ear deformity produces. Women can conceal a moderate degree of ear deformity with their hair, however if the ears are too prominent practically no hair style can hide them. Men usually wear hair long which may look somewhat old fashioned. Commonly, the protruding ear is due to inadequate formation of the natural folds or increased distance from the scalp. Since ear deformities occur in different forms, the surgical technique varies accordingly. The goal of Otoplasty procedure is to recreate the contour of the folds and normalize the ear-scalp distance. During Otoplasty the folds of the ear which are readily seen from the front are accessed from behind so that the surgical incision is made on the backside of the ear where eye glasses normally rest. The ear folds which are similar to a series of mountains and valleys are identified and recreated by permanently apllied internal stiches. Otoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia and requires a healing time of 10-14 days. To protect the surgical correction, sweatbands or beanie hats are worn during the healing period. Incision and sutures are placed behind the ear to avoid visibility. Patients are advised to stay away from anti-inflammatory medication, such as aspirin, Advil, Ibuprophen and Motrin, starting 2 weeks prior to surgery and to continue to avoid such medications 10 days post-operatively. Post operative discomfort is easily controlled with prescription pain medication.

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