Otoplasty at a glance:
Surgery time: 45 – 60 minutes
Anesthesia: Local anesthesia, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia
Setting: Office procedure suite or ambulatory surgery center
Recovery: 5 – 7 days
Otoplasty is one of Dr. Weber’s favorite procedures to perform as the results are immediate, permanent and life-changing. Prominent, out-standing or asymmetric ears are often a source of childhood teasing or personal dissatisfaction. Dr. Weber cares for patients from as young as five years of age through adulthood who have ear issues. Otoplasty can “pin” or set back the prominent ear as well as improve the contour of misshapen or asymmetric ears.
Otoplasty can improve:
- Overly large ears
- Protruding ears or ears that stick out
- Asymmetric ears
- Large conchal bowl
- Large or stretched earlobes
- Lobes with creases and wrinkles.
- “Lop Ear,” “cup ear” and “shell ear”
The two most common reasons for “large” ears are an overly developed conchal bowl and an underdeveloped upper fold (superior crus) of the ear. Both issues can be addressed with surgery to set back or “pin” the prominent conchal bowl and enhance the fold in the upper portion of the ear. A small incision is hidden on the back side of the ear. Permanent sutures are used to reshape the ear cartilage and to set back the prominent conchal bowl closer to the head. This achieves a more aesthetically pleasing and symmetric shape. A gentle elastic compression garment is provided and worn constantly (except to shower) for the first week. Dissolving sutures are used to close the incision itself and no suture removal is required following surgery.