What is ear reshaping (Otoplasty)?
Otoplasty Definition – Ear reshaping is a surgical procedure used to create a natural ear shape while improving proportion and balance between the ears and the rest of the face. Whether from natural growth or injury, prominent or congenital ears can affect one’s self-confidence and distract from other facial features. Ear lobes can hang too low due to heavy earrings or genetics, which can ultimately lead to splitting. Ear reshaping is a way to correct these issues.
Ear reshaping procedures are most commonly performed to achieve the following results:
- Reduce the size of overly large ears
- Correct protruding ears
- Correct misshapen ears that are the result of a birth defect or injury
What to expect
- Step 1Consultation
- Step 2Preparation
- Step 3Surgery
- Step 4Recovery
- Step 5Results
Step 1 Consultation
If you have cartilage that is malformed, size issues, protruding ears, or other flaws in one or both ears, you may be a great candidate for the ear reshaping procedure.
A thorough consultation is an important first step when deciding if ear reshaping is the right option for you. One of our board certified surgeons will discuss your desired results, examine you and provide an honest, professional opinion on how best to achieve those results. We also make certain that you are a good candidate for the procedure, taking into account your age, health, medical background and other factors that could affect the safety and effectiveness of your surgery. All of our consultations are conducted with the goal of making sure our patients feel comfortable, confident and informed about the ear reshaping process.
Step 2 Preparation
Well before your procedure, let RTH know of any medications you take. Three weeks prior and three weeks after, we strongly suggest limiting your alcohol and tobacco intake. Two weeks prior and two weeks after, you should not take any medication that may thin your blood such as aspirin or ibuprofen products.
The evening before your surgery, refrain from eating or drinking anything including water, and do not smoke. If you develop a cold, sore throat, fever or any other symptoms of illness before your surgery, let RTH know right away.
The day of your procedure, refrain from wearing makeup, contact lenses, hairpins, jewelry, lotion or perfume. We also advise wearing comfortable clothing. Prepare to have a responsible adult provide you with transportation after your procedure and make arrangements for any care or assistance that you may need 24 hours after surgery. If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must be with you at the time of your procedure.
Step 3 Surgery
Before your procedure, your surgeon will answer any questions that may have come up since your consultation. You will also have the opportunity to meet the RTH staff assisting your surgeon during your procedure. Every effort is made to make certain that all of your concerns are addressed and you are as comfortable as possible.
When it is time to begin, you will be taken to our state-of-the-art surgical suite and comfortably fall asleep under general anesthesia. Ear reshaping procedures take about one to two hours. If ear reshaping is performed in combination with other procedures, the surgery will take longer.
Step 4 Recovery
Most ear reshaping patients are up and active the same day, but it is important to remember that everyone recovers differently, and you may need more or less time before you feel 100% again. A few days after your surgery, your RTH doctor will follow-up to see how you are healing and prescribe any necessary medication.
Step 5 Results
While results vary based on the individual, ear reshaping patients typically enjoy natural looking ears that harmoniously fit in with their other features and are in perfect proportion to their faces. Surgery offers almost immediate results for protruding ears. The results of more extensive reconstructive surgeries may appear in stages, and full results will be seen over time. During your consultation, your doctor will thoroughly explain what results to expect. Otoplasty Before and After.
Q: Is a ear reshaping right for me?
Ear reshaping may be the right option for you if:
- Your ears are misshapen due to a birth defect or injury
- Your ears are too large in proportion to the rest of your face
- You feel your ears protrude too far from your face
- You have abnormally shaped or not fully formed ears
- You are dissatisfied with the results of a previous ear surgery and would like it corrected
Generally, children who are born with ear defects are good candidates after the age of five when their cartilage is stable. All ear reshaping candidates must be in good health and have no pre-existing medical conditions that could create complications.
Q: Why choose RTH Plastic Surgery for my ear reshaping procedure?
When choosing a plastic surgeon to perform ear reshaping, there are three important qualifications to consider: training, experience and personal attention. Dr. Hajjar is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Above all, your doctor should be someone you trust to deliver exceptional results and perform a safe and effective procedure.
Dr. Hajjar is a board certified plastic surgeon with extensive training and vast experience in facial plastic surgery and ear reshaping procedures. Our doctor spends the necessary time with every patient to answer any questions and address any concerns. We make it a priority to ensure our patients are well-informed and completely comfortable with their decisions. We know that your time is valuable, which is why we maintain an efficient procedure calendar and use the latest techniques and technology to minimize your recovery time and maximize your results.
Q: Will my insurance cover ear reshaping?
Otoplasty Cost – Insurance companies commonly do not cover an elective or cosmetic surgery like ear reshaping unless it is performed to correct a medical or health condition. If the otoplasty (ear reshaping) is considered reconstructive, your insurance provider may cover all or some of the cost. If you plan to use insurance as payment, we strongly suggest consulting with your provider to discuss if the procedure is covered in part or in full by your current plan.
Q: Will my ear reshaping have a natural result?
At RTH, we use the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques to reduce the possibility of scarring and other visible signs that a procedure was performed. While results vary based on the individual, we focus on creating the most natural results possible. During your consultation, your doctor will thoroughly explain what results to expect.
Q: How long will results last?
Results of ear reshaping are long lasting and often permanent.
Q: What are the risks of ear reshaping?
As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of complication related to infection. Some people may wake up from surgery feeling groggy and experience an upset stomach, side effects of the anesthesia that are very temporary. We are happy to explain in detail any of the risks involved prior to your surgery. We carefully review your complete medical history and all medications you are on to prevent any complications.
Other risks associated with ear reshaping may include:
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Blood clots
- Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
- Unfavorable scarring
- Skin contour irregularities
- Skin discoloration and swelling
Q: Can I have additional procedures in combination with my ear reshaping to enhance results?
Yes, your RTH doctor can recommend additional services that may enhance your desired results including a blow lift, facelift or facial implants.