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Cosmetic Ear Tuck Surgery (Otoplasty)

Modify Your Ear Shape with Our Charlotte Plastic Surgeons

Otoplasty is a surgery performed to modify the appearance of a person’s external ears. It is conducted for various reasons, such as reducing the size of the ears, reshaping them or bringing them closer to the head. For whatever the motive, the cosmetic procedure is carried out to make the ears appear normal or pleasing.

What Can an Otoplasty Do for Your Ears?

Otoplasty can modify a flaw in the ear structure that is present at birth, that becomes apparent with development or that has been caused by injury. It can involve a combination of moving, reshaping, adding or taking off structural ear elements. It is usually performed by either an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, plastic surgeon or ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon.

Through otoplasty, the ears can be brought to a more pleasing shape, producing balance not just to the ears but to the shape of the face. Bringing the face into proportion benefits the patient as far as enhanced appearance and self-esteem.

The conditions that otoplasty can treat include:

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

Who Can Undergo Otoplasty?

Children who are:

  • 5 years old or older so that the cartilage is stable enough
  • Healthy and do not have life-threatening illness or chronic ear infections
  • Cooperative and follow instructions

Adults and teenagers who are:

  • Nonsmokers
  • Healthy and do not have life-threatening medical conditions that could affect healing
  • Cooperative and follow instructions

What Does an Otoplasty Procedure Involve?

  • Anesthesia. The patient will be given either local or general anesthesia depending on the decision of the surgeon.
  • Incision. Incisions for otoplasty as normally performed at 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, nonremovable sutures are used to create and secure the newly shaped cartilage in place.
  • Closing the incisions. Stitches on the surface close the incision. Techniques may be different depending on the surgeon performing the procedure, but care is taken not to distort other structures in the face and head as well as to avoid an unnatural “pinned back” appearance.

For cases of protruding ears, otoplasty provides near immediate results. With the ear permanently positioned closer to the head, surgical scars are either tucked unnoticeably behind the ear or hidden in the ear’s natural creases.

Are There Risks Associated with an Ear Tuck Surgery?

Just like any surgical procedures, otoplasty is not without risks. They are:

  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Blood clots
  • Unbalanced appearance of the ears
  • Infection
  • Slow healing
  • Change in skin sensation
  • Skin contour irregularities and discoloration/swelling
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Allergies from materials used in the procedure such as tape, suture glues, blood products, topical preparations or injected agents
  • Persistent pain
  • Possibility of revisional or corrective surgery

To lessen the risks, it is absolutely important that the patient ask the surgeon questions about the procedure.

Call Dr. Ferrari Today to Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Ferrari uses a combination of techniques to get a natural looking result. He can perform ear surgery with very little visible scarring and make sure that it is covered by hair so that it is not noticable. The point is to achieve the most natural, normal look possible.

Having helped individuals throughout Charlotte, NC with various cosmetic procedures for over 20 years, let Dr. Ferrari be your first choice for your ear tuck procedure. Voted as one of America's Top Plastic Surgeons and as a Board-Certified plastic surgeon, you can feel confident in choosing Dr. Ferrari.

Get started today by calling (704) 288-5554 to request an appointment!

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