Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. Otoplasty can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth that becomes apparent with development or it can treat misshapen ears caused by injury. Ear surgery creates a natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound benefits to appearance and self-esteem.

If protruding or disfigured ears bother you or your child, you may consider plastic surgery.

Did you know?

The way ears affect your appearance is determined primarily by the way they harmonize your face and head. Most people prefer ears that lie close to the head and extend from the level of the brow to the base of the nose.

Am I a good candidate for ear surgery?

Children who are good candidates for ear surgery are healthy and generally 5 years of age or older (when a child’s ear cartilage is stable enough for correction), cooperative and able to communicate their feelings. Teenagers and adults who are good candidates for ear surgery are healthy, non-smoking individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for ear surgery.

What should I expect during my ear surgery?

You won’t remember anything about your ear surgery, as you’ll be fully sedated using IV sedation or general anesthesia. Incisions for otoplasty are generally made on 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, non-removable sutures are used to create and secure the newly shaped cartilage in place.

What post-operative instructions will I need to follow after my ear surgery?

Following your surgeon’s instructions is key to the success of your ear surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Dr. Markelov will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.