What is Otoplasty?
Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, corrects the shape or position of the ear. It also corrects birth defects of the ear, as well as malformation due to injury.
Am I a good candidate for otoplasty surgery?
Children, teenagers and adults are all candidates for otoplasty surgery. Children should be healthy, five years of age or older, and able to communicate their feelings about ear surgery. Teenagers and adults should also be healthy individuals who do not smoke, and have realistic expectations.
Otoplasty- Patient 105
woman in her early 40’s with “split” earlobe. She is shown just before repair under local anesthesia in the office and again, 3 months after repair when she returned for re-piercing
Otoplasty- Patient 104
An 18 yo student who has a torn right earlobe, probably from sleeping with her earrings in place. This was repaired for her under local anesthesia in the office. She is shown before and again, 4 months after surgery, and just before repiercing her earlobe in the office.
Otoplasty- Patient 103
A man in his early 60’s with a large BCCA of his right ear. He is shown at his initial visit, after Mohs surgery, immediately after repair and again, 6 months after surgery.
A “reduction otoplasty” was selected, reducing the size of the ear but leaving a relatively normal shape. It is interesting that even though the ear is smaller than the other side, we do not generally evaluate and compare both ears at the same time, so he appears “normal” and does not look deformed.
Otoplasty – Patient 102
A delightful 8 year old troubled by prominent ears and getting teased at school. Analysis shows that she is missing the normal ear crease ("anti helix"), and her ear stands out too far from her head. It is important when performing an otoplasty (reshaping of the ears) to recreate a normal, beautiful ear. We do not want to simply push it back too far, form an unnaturally sharp crease in the cartilage, or have an ear that is overly tightened in the middle, top or bottom. She is shown 6 weeks after surgery with a gentle rasping of the cartilage to create a soft bend using a Dingman otoabrader (one of my teachers at the University of Michigan) and sutures described by a Dr. Mustarde to make the fold, sutures between the bowl of the cartilage and the fascia described by Dr. Furnas to bring the ear back, sutures described by Dr. Webster at the "tail" of the cartilage to prevent the ear lobe from being overly prominent, as well as a small skin excision behind the ear lobe to pull it back into position. She had a dressing wrapped around her ears for 2 days, and then wore an ear band while sleeping for the next month. Her smile after surgery is a reflection of the tremendous relief that she has by giving her normal, beautiful ears, and losing the burden of the deformity that caused her to be teased by her class mates.
What should I expect during recovery?
The sutures, which are located behind the ear, are resorbable and do not need to be removed. Patients may experience bruising or itching around and under the bandages, though medication is prescribed to control any discomfort. It is important that bandages are not removed during the healing process to ensure optimal correction results.
How long do results last?
An otoplasty permanently corrects any imperfections of the ear.
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